PSY8037 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2014/15
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Susan Thorpe
  • Owning School: Psychology


Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The aims of this module are to:

1. Enable students to become confident in their ability to carry out and manage an independent piece of meaningful research
2. Provide a sound basis for future professional research requirements
3. Enable students to interact with professional academic, health and clinical psychologists and related professionals in a way which will enhance their job prospects and future careers
4. Facilitate the development of a range of skills which will make them more attractive to future employers, including professional training courses and higher degree courses

Outline Of Syllabus

The Syllabus is dependent upon the individual student’s dissertation topic.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities

Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00To set up the project formally
Guided Independent StudyProject work1578:00578:00Students will be carrying out independent research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Supervisors will meet with students

Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The students will further develop a range of skills and will be trained to engage in research and to produce an appropriate output. Students will be fully engaged in the project selection and development through a dialogue with their project supervisors. They will gain hands-on experience of a range of techniques used in psychological research (appropriate to their own project) and will be required to produce a short dissertation. Students will also prepare a poster at the end of the research project. This module will involve a significant amount of private study, including research-based fieldwork and practical experience of a range of clinical research techniques. The amount of hours spent on data gathering and private study will vary with the individual project but should be approximately as stated above.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment

Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M80A research report of up to 10,000 words excluding bibliography

Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation is intended to test the ability of students to conduct a substantial independent project of postgraduate research in an area of interest to them. It allows them to demonstrate their skills in planning and organising their work, discovering and evaluating relevant materials, seeking out an appropriate methodology, considering ethical issues, collecting data rigorously and effectively and presenting their findings in a structured and analytical manner. It also allows them to demonstrate that they have acquired specialised knowledge in their area of research. The poster assessment will help them to learn how to present information in a succinct and communicative way.

Reading Lists


Disclaimer: The University will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver modules in accordance with the descriptions set out in this catalogue. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, the University reserves the right to introduce changes to the information given including the addition, withdrawal or restructuring of modules if it considers such action to be necessary.