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GLHE6004 Global Health Dissertation

Module Overview

If you successfully complete the taught component of the programme, then you will be allowed to progress to the MSc dissertation equivalent to 60 CATS/30 ECTS, which can be completed over a 3 months period during summer (usually mid-June to mid-September). However, if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent you to complete the requirements of the taught modules at the June Examination Board but are eligible to take referrals in the supplementary/referral period (Aug/Sep), then you may progress to the dissertation project. The dissertation module will provide you with an opportunity to undertake an independent research project which will lead to the production of a systematic research document of professional standard not exceeding 15,000-20,000 words. There are wide ranging flexible options to choose dissertation project topics making use of the global health expertise across the University and the Global Health Research Institute at Southampton

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify key research questions and hypotheses in a relevant global health topic on which you will carry out independent research
  • Conduct a critical appraisal of literature on the relevant topic
  • Understand and apply theoretical frameworks to the chosen area of study
  • Apply the quantitative methods training acquired in the taught element of the programme by designing an appropriate research strategy and research methodology to carry out your research
  • Identify, obtain and analyse suitable data to enable the research question to be answered
  • Describe the process of carrying out independent research in written format and report your results and conclusions with reference to existing literature
  • Show evidence of clarity of argument, understanding of the chosen topic area, and presentation of technical information
  • Manage your time effectively whilst working on your independent research
  • Use presentation skills


The module will include: - at least three dissertation skills workshops in semester 2 to outline expectations for the preparation of the Dissertation (guidelines, aims, choice of topic, period of study, supervision, length, layout, language, referencing, bibliography, figures/tables, risk assessment form, ethics, disclaimer, binding); - one 10 minute presentation to be given by students at the start of the disserttion period where you will present your project proposal; - meetings with your Dissertation Supervisor over the summer period; - independent study. As part of this module, you will be offered an opportunity to discuss and agree the topic of your dissertation with the MSc Programme Co-ordinator and your allocated Dissertation Supervisor. You will receive instructions regarding a range of available/potential topics. However, we encourage you to choose a dissertation topic on your own, which could be based on a specific area of your research interest, work experience or reflecting on the modules taught in the programme.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be taught mainly through individual supervision and independent learning, although there will be some formal lectures (which may be online) and oral presentations with feedback. Face-to-face teaching opportunities will be explored depending on circumstances and feasibility.

Independent Study580
Total study time600



Individual Presentation


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (20000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (20000 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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