This module will provide you with the opportunity to plan, undertake and report on an independent, original project which is relevant to your current or future area of practice and is appropriate to the Award you are following.
This version of the Dissertation module enables part-time Master's students to plan, undertake and complete a project in 18 months. The module will commence in October of year one and you will submit during March of year three, for example October 2020 to March 2022.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Act autonomously to plan and implement a project which enables you to create and interpret knowledge at the forefront of your discipline or area of professional practice.
- Clearly articulate how the project will influence the health and well-being of the people (patients, clients, families and others) with whom you work.
- Demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of knowledge and current insights and problems at the forefront of your academic discipline or area of professional practice which may include current research, policy, audit outcomes and guidelines
- Critically synthesise techniques of research and inquiry relevant to your academic discipline or area of professional practice
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and application of techniques relevant to your academic discipline or area of professional practice
- Demonstrate self-direction, originality and creativity in the process of undertaking the project, including how you deal with complex situations
- Critically discuss the ethical, research governance and data protection dimensions of empirical research activity
- Communicate your findings and conclusions in a manner appropriate to non-specialist audiences
The different dissertation formats are provided to give students across a range of Master’s programmes the opportunity to undertake an independent project which can be applied to their current or future area of professional practice.
Your choice of topic and dissertation format must be relevant to your programme of study and agreed as such by your Programme Lead.
You can select ONE of the following dissertation formats:
A literature review – you will systematically search for and critically review a wide range of evidence relevant to your topic or clinical issue. From this basis you will present your findings in a variety of formats relevant to different audiences and explain the implications for current or future practice.
A service improvement project (including audit) - you will plan and undertake a service improvement project in your area of practice. From this basis you will present the findings and actions emerging from the project in ways which are relevant to stakeholders, for example patients and staff, managers and commissioners.
Empirical project - you will plan and undertake a piece of original research on a small scale. This format will require careful planning to ensure you have ethical approval and the time to undertake the collection and analysis of data. Drawing conclusions from the data you will present the findings of the project in ways which are relevant to stakeholders, including the participants. This dissertation type is not applicable to all Awards - see the Programme handbook.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Independent, self-directed learning is a key component of this module.
You are required to draw on the learning, knowledge and skills achieved in the Programme taught modules and apply these to an original project.
You will be supported by;
Online resources available via Blackboard
An introductory seminar
Advice from the Module lead and your personal tutor/Programme Lead
Remote engagement with the module will be possible.
|Total study time||750|
Resources & Reading list
Purssell E, McCrae N (2020). How to perform a systematic literature review: a guide for healthcare researchers, practitioners and students. Springer International Publishing.
Aveyard, Helen (2016). A post-graduate's guide to doing a literature review in health and social care. Maidenhead: OUP.
Polit D & Beck C (2014). Study guide for essentials of nursing research: appraising evidence for nursing practice. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer & Lippincott.
Boland, Cherry & Dickson (2017). Doing a Systematic Review. London: Sage.
Your research proposal is a formative component of this module. The proposal will set out your topic, the format for your project and your plans for dissemination of the findings.
The summative dissertation comprises an article for publication and a project file.
The dissertation is not considered to be a taught Module and Referral and Repeat are not applicable.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Completion of Research Proposal
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.