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EDUC6342 Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation builds on work undertaken across other modules and provides you with an opportunity to undertake a piece of independent research in a chosen topic. Normally, your dissertation will be individually supervised.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Make your own contribution to educational understanding by presenting a coherent, detailed and sustained argument at length on an educational topic
  • Devise appropriate research questions
  • Devise appropriate research methods to undertake a research project, where applicable
  • Acquire appropriate Ethical and Research Governance approvals where needed
  • Demonstrate an understanding of data collection and analysis methods, where applicable
  • Analyse and synthesise research findings
  • Produce and present a carefully argued dissertation
  • Develop advanced practical and analytical skills in a range of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods as an academic researcher and writer on educational and social matters
  • Develop your own ideas and organise a project independently but with supportive guidance
  • Refine and practice a range of skills which would be useful to you in further study or a professional/work based context.
  • Know the research process and understand methods of data collection and analysis and apply them in a self-reliant manner
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the approaches by which research and critical awareness of debates in education can be utilised to construct a scholarly argument.
  • Critically evaluate an appropriate range of relevant primary source materials and arguments reflected in other sources and propose a relevant area of investigation
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of your chosen dissertation project, its potential impact on practice and the range of relevant scholarly literature and source materials
  • Choose and evaluate a feasible independent research design, project plan and structure


In studying this module you will cover aspects of the following: - Strategies for focusing and managing the research process. - Quantitative and qualitative methodologies and approaches to research. - Key data collection methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, observation). - Methods for analysing and interpreting data. - Dissertation writing and presentation skills

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The dissertation builds on work undertaken across other taught modules and provides you with an opportunity to undertake an independent research project in a chosen topic. Students are expected to manage their research project independently with academic guidance and support by their supervisor. Supervisory support is provided via face-to-face tutorials and/or electronic feedback and communication, as appropriate.

Completion of assessment task600
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

Action Research: Principles and Practice. 

Thomas, G (2013). How to do your research project: a guide for students in education and applied social sciences. 

How to conduct Surveys: A Step by Step Guide. 

Introduction to Research methods in Education. 

Qualitative Research in Education- A User's Guide. 

Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology .. 

Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 

Bell, J (2014). Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 

A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Research.. 

Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches .. 

Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. 

Robson, C (2002). Real World Research. 

Yin, R (2003). Applications of case study research. 

Competing paradigms in Qualitative research . In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds). The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues. 

Conducting Research Literature Reviews. 

Newby, P (2010). Research Methods for Education. 

Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2011). Research Methods in Education. 

Creswell, J. (2014). Educational research: planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (17000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (17000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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