NBS8199 : Dissertation (Dual Award)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 50
ECTS Credits: 25.0


To provide the opportunity for students to undertake independent research in which they apply appropriate tools of analysis.

This is a compulsory module designed to allow the students to demonstrate their understanding of a wide range of materials covered on the programme. It is unique in that students will have a supervisor from both institutions. The supervision will be supported by Research Methods modules at both institutions throughout the programme.

Outline Of Syllabus

The official period of supervision begins in September. It is expected that during the summer months students will independently work on developing their dissertation project, building on the feedback received on their research methods assignments.

Students are entitled to six hours of supervision from each supervisor. This includes, but is not restricted to, face to face individual meetings, group meetings, telephone calls and email support. It is for the supervision team to agree on the most appropriate methods for supervision at the different stages of the dissertation. It is expected that students will coordinate their supervision team and include both supervisors in all communications.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1494:00494:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Research methods modules and workshops will underpin the dissertation. The dissertation is therefore an independent piece of work that will be monitored through the joint dissertation tutorial system.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination301A10(Viva) The oral defence will take place after the two supervisors have independently marked the dissertation.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation1M90Dissertation of 15,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

An in-depth written report allows the student to demonstrate his/her ability to undertake independent research. There will be an oral defence scheduled to test the ability of the candidate to defend his or her work and establish whether the candidate has a satisfactory knowledge of the wider field surrounding the research topic.

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