The dissertation module provides a context within which research skills can be developed. It provides the opportunity to apply and demonstrate the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the taught component of the MSc programme.
The dissertation can be by research or a professional project. The dissertation by research is a hypothesis-driven small-scale empirical research project involving quantitative or qualitative research methods. A dissertation by professional project can take a variety of forms, including: a critical appraisal of research literature relevant to a particular area of practice, systematic review, service audit, service development, service delivery needs assessment, service evaluation or clinical case review.