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SOCI3033 Dissertation

Module Overview

You will conduct small-scale, independent study of a chosen topic, within your particular degree pathway.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise appropriate literature sources (theoretical and substantive) in relation to the chosen topic).
  • Formulate a (set of) research questions based on that literature.
  • Design, apply and evaluate research methods appropriate to answering the research questions.
  • Interpret findings with reference to appropriate literature and identify the implications of your research.
  • Critically reflect on the research process and evaluate what you have learnt.
  • Identify and develop strategies to overcome ethical issues.
  • Present your research clearly and to a high standard with appropriate academic referencing.


This double module gives you the opportunity to engage in in-depth independent, guided study. Once you have submitted your dissertation proposal (at the end of Year 2) you will be allocated a supervisor.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Independent study. A Dissertation supervisor will be assigned to you at the end of Year 2 and provide you with feedback on your dissertation proposal at the beginning of the summer vacation to help you to develop an action plan for your dissertation and to give advice. Dissertation lectures. Three 2-hours lecture over the academic year. Learning activities include: Your dissertation supervisor will then meet with you on four further advice occasions throughout the year of the dissertation. In addition, four dissertation workshops are held across the academic year where you can get further advice about the different stages of the dissertation process.

Independent Study294
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (12000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Revised Dissertation 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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