Postgraduate

MCH8599 : Research Dissertation

Semesters
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials62:0012:00Non-synchronous online (allowing students 2x delivery time)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1200:00200:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1369:00369:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical101:0010:00Writing group sessions, Synchronous Online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery60:303:00Drop-in Q&A following the release of Lecture Materials, Synchronous Online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:006 individual supervision meetings, more as and when required by arrangement with the supervisor
Total600:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture Materials: Non-synchronous online structured guided learning to help students on the module to plan the various stages of the dissertation, from formulating a research question, to developing a research strategy and writing up research findings.

Drop-in/surgery: Synchronous online drop-in sessions to clarify any questions about the lecture materials

Practical: Semi-structured synchronous online writing group sessions to support students to develop their writing skills and maintain a regular writing pattern

Dissertation related supervision 1:1 individual supervision meeting to support dissertation development.

GUIDED INDEPENDENT STUDY
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Timetable