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DEMO3011 Project/Dissertation

Module Overview

The BSc dissertation project is designed to allow students to do an in-depth study of an area in demography that they are particularly interested in, and to enable them to demonstrate skills and knowledge acquired throughout their undergraduate career. Projects can take several forms, including a quantitative exploration or analysis of demographic data; a case study of a society or population; an application of a particular demographic technique; or the analysis of a particular demographic phenomenon in a given country or region. In the course of the BSc project and preparing the dissertation, the students are expected to develop the following cognitive skills: independent thought, devising appropriate methods of analysis, data collection and interpretation, clarity of argument, understanding of the chosen topic area, and presentation of technical information.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce an independently conducted piece of demographic research.
  • Gain expertise on a particular topic of study.
  • Obtain information from a variety of sources, evaluate it critically and discriminate between useful and less useful information
  • Construct clear, detailed, and logical arguments.


Taught part: - Getting started with the dissertation: research question, project and planning - Contents of a dissertation: outline and main sections - Your dissertations: background, aims and research methods - The final stage: completing and submitting your work - Tentative results: Presentations to the Social Statistics staff Independent study part: - Individual, supervised work on the project and dissertation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will have a supervisor appointed to them to guide them through the project. Meetings will take place either face to face or online depending on situation re COVID-19. There will be 5 seminars, led by the co-ordinator at intervals during the academic year including sessions where students present their ongoing work. These will either take place face to face or online.

Independent Study290
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Levin, P. (2005). Excellent Dissertations. 

Other. Access to secondary sources of demographic data, books, journal articles, web sites and other sources of related information. Other than that, no special resources required for this module.

Flowerdew, R. and Martin, D. (eds) (2005). Methods in Human Geography: A Guide for Students Doing a Research Project. 

Weyers J. and McMillan K (2009). How to Write Dissertations and Project Reports. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (10000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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