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HLTH6213 MSc Dissertation 18 month

Module Overview

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 2019 to March 2021.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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.
  • Demonstrate self-direction, originality and creativity to deal with complex situations
  • 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 discuss the ethical, research governance and data protection dimensions of empirical research activity
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your academic discipline or area of professional practice
  • Critically synthesise and apply a practical understanding of established techniques of research and inquiry to your academic discipline or area of professional practice
  • Clearly articulate the rationale for undertaking a project which will influence the health and well-being of the people (patients, clients, families and others) for whom you work.
  • Communicate your conclusions in a manner appropriate to your audience i.e. to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Syllabus

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 Group supervision Individual supervision Advice from the Module lead and your personal tutor/Programme Lead Remote engagement with the module will be possible.

TypeHours
Project supervision17
Seminar7
Independent Study726
Total study time750

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

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.

Formative

Completion of Research Proposal

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Journal Article  (5000 words) 80%
Supporting material 20%
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