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PSY8037 : Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gavin Clark
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
Semester 3 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


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, forensic 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 ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Synchronous online question & answer seminar regarding project supervision & related requirements.
Guided Independent StudyProject work1574:00574:00Students will be carrying out independent research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision201:0020:00Supervisors will meet with students. This will be undertaken either via PIP or synchronous sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Non-Sync session providing intro to dissertation & overview of the module & project requirements.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00Live PIP sessions where students will be able to ask questions about the dissertation throughout the year.
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.

Meetings with project supervisors may take place in person, may take place entirely remotely or through a combination of in person and remote meetings.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Poster3M20A scientific poster summarising the research study
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 within the written dissertation. 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.

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