Module Catalogue 2021/22

TCP8099 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sebastian Weise
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
TCP8911Research Design
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To develop and demonstrate the student's skills as a researcher.
To engage in debate at the forefront of appropriate topic, whilst relating the topic to its wider social, economic, environmental and political context.

The dissertation module spans the second semester and the summer months, once the taught element of the programme is completed. The dissertation is the written report of a major individual research project. This is supported in Semester 1 by TCP8911 Evaluation, Analysis and Research, by individual dissertation tutorial support throughout the year, and by additional group workshops during semester 2 and across the summer.

The dissertation should be on a subject relevant to planning, related to the pathway the student is on. It must be a fully referenced, well written and structured document, based on empirical desk and or field research of a high standard. The final dissertation should be 15,000 words. Further guidance can be found in the Dissertation Handbook.

Outline Of Syllabus


Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Understanding of forefront of debate in chosen topic, placed in an appropriate context
Understanding of the complexity and rigour of the research process

Intended Skill Outcomes

Ability to develop an appropriate and successful research strategy
Development of evaluation skills of data and policy and ability to draw sound conclusions on the basis of this evaluation
Ability to manage a large and demanding individual project

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1298:00298:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1296:00296:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Group session check in with Module leader PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision60:303:00PIP
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Self-directed research, on topic of own choice, allows the student to refine research skills learned in TCP8911. The work is supported by up to 6 tutorial sessions with an individual tutor assigned to the students; as well as up to 3 sessions with the module lead that provide students the opportunity to raise any issues experienced and to share-best practice..

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10015,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This allows students to express all required elements of research process, engagement with literature, methodology and rigour and ultimate findings and analysis in relation to one focused study to a postgraduate level. It allows demonstration of the ability to design and undertake research to the rigorously high standards of robustness required within the UK.

Although students begin their dissertation in semester 2 and complete over the summer, they are introduced to the required work and begin training for it in week 1 semester 1.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.