Within the context of your programme of study, you will undertake independent, original and critical research on a relevant topic. You will then communicate the research aims, objectives, methodology, analysis, results and conclusions effectively through the production of a research paper.
Placements or collaboration with external organisations are strongly encouraged.
Topics for research may either be chosen from a list offered by academic staff, or students may initiate their own projects in collaboration with staff. The research undertaken must be appropriate to the degree being sought and the final decision on the appropriateness of the chosen topic lies with the module lead. All projects must be approved and supervised by an academic member of staff within the university, irrespective of the involvement of outside bodies.
Whatever the topic, the background literature must be researched and critically reviewed so that analysis, methods and/or experimental procedures may be identified and justified as appropriate to the challenges of the project specification. A pure subject review without either analysis or experimental investigation is deemed inappropriate for an MSc dissertation.