GTP8099 : Dissertation (RDSP)

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


• To provide learning opportunities to enable students to develop and demonstrate their skills as a
• To engage in debate at the forefront of appropriate topic, whilst relating the topic to its wider social,
economic, environmental and political context.
• An independent research project, on a topic chosen by the student (subject to approval of the DPD) is
designed, developed and undertaken under the supervision of a member of programme staff. Topics can
relate to issues covered on the programme, individual concerns and/or research interests of programme

Outline Of Syllabus

The research dissertation module, GTP8099, is explicitly designed to enable and foster integrated studies, bringing together regional and spatial planning in the MA dissertation format. Students will be required to propose and agree research topics for the MA dissertation that integrate regional development and spatial planning concerns in an international context.

This module is supported by TCP8911 (Research Design) in Semester 1. Students have individual tutorials with their supervisor throughout and are additionally supported by group workshops during Semester 2 and into the summer.

Students can choose a topic related to local and regional development or spatial planning or a combination of both.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion2991:00299:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading2981:00298:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision60:303:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

• Application in a piece of independent research
• Utilisation of analytical methodologies, techniques and data sources
• Critical engagement in a piece of independent research
• Application and practice of subject specific/practical and key skills including problem solving,
utilisation of appropriate research techniques and data sources, synthesis and presentation of data

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3A10015,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation involves the extended presentation of all stages of the research process from introduction and justification of project, through theoretical context and methodology to results and conclusions.

This allows students to express all required elements of the 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 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.

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