MCH8599 : Research Dissertation

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The aim of the module is to provide an opportunity for a sustained piece of research that relates to issues raised during the taught modules of the programme.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students are required to attend briefing sessions. In addition, students will have regular meetings with their allocated supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1200:00200:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1390:00390:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:006 individual supervision meetings, more as and when required by arrangement with the supervisor
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A formal taught session (normally delivered to the whole cohort on the module) which consists largely of briefing students on the module and how to plan for the dissertation.

Individual meeting
1:1 individual supervision meeting to support dissertation development.

This broad category refers to independent student activity and covers the range from reading and preparation through to situations where students are required to work without staff supervision or where students are required to undertake very specific pieces of work.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10012,000 – 15,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal3Moutline proposal
Research proposal3Mdetailed proposal if required by supervisor
Written exercise3Methics approval form
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The MA Academic Dissertation must be an original piece of work and not simply a synthesis of existing knowledge. It requires the gathering and analysis of new material, the development of original arguments and the presentation of conclusions and recommendations. To be successful the dissertation will need careful planning and preparation.

Reading Lists