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STAT6113 Dissertation

Module Overview

The module will support students in carrying out independent research on a topic of their choice within the field of Official/Social Statistics.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply skills in carrying out independent research
  • Apply skills in identifying and summarising relevant literature
  • Apply skills in identifying, analysing and interpreting data
  • Apply skills in report writing
  • Apply skills in referencing and other aspects of academic writing


The module will include: • information made available via Blackboard and the programme handbook which outlines 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); • a presentation session where you will present your project proposal; • meetings with your Dissertation Supervisor to discuss progress; • 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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods include an oral presentation with feedback, dissertation supervision sessions with supervisor and independent study.

Independent Study590
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

Rudestam, Kjell Erik (2007). Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process. 

Hart, Chris (2005). 'Doing your masters dissertation : realizing your potential as a social scientist'. 

Other. Dissertation skills materials will be available on Blackboard along with suggested reading and links to other useful resources. Guidance on practical aspects of producing the dissertation can be found in the programme handbook

Swetnam, Derek (1997). Writing your dissertation: how to plan, prepare and present your work successfully. 



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:

Approved Calculators

Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.

Books and Stationery equipment

Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.


You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.

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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