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ME956-60 Dissertation (Health and Wellbeing)

Warwick Medical School
Taught Postgraduate Level
Module leader
Felicity Boardman
Credit value
Module duration
12 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description
Module aims

To enable the students to apply knowledge and skills obtained in the taught modules of the MA Social Research to a research
question of their choosing to facilitate their transition to
independent doctoral research.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

To undertake a research project (either empirical or literature based), including the following aspects:

  • A clear research question
  • A research design that appropriately answers the research question
  • Evidence of data generation (empirical or literature based)
  • Evidence of data analysis and synthesis
  • A substantial independent piece of academic work based on the findings of the analysis, informed by references to appropriate literature throughout.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • 1. Think critically about their chosen research topic and identify an appropriate theoretical perspective within which to situate their research approach.
  • 2. Formulate a research question within their field of interest that may feasibly be answered within the constraints of an MA dissertation.
  • 3. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of different research methodologies and how these might be applied to health-related research.
  • 4. Develop a research protocol that complies with ethical principles and addresses their research question.
  • 5. Demonstrate self-direction and independence in carrying out their chosen research project.
  • 6. Demonstrate advanced skills in planning, information gathering, data interpretation and synthesis for their research enquiry.
  • 7. Produce and communicate a substantial, independent piece of academic work based on the findings of their analysis, informed by references to appropriate literature throughout.
Indicative reading list

Each project will focus on a different research question, therefore the appropriate literature will vary across projects with the input and guidance of the student’s supervisor.
However, students may find these following generic texts useful:
Murray, R. 2006. How to write a thesis, Open University Press.
Griffiths, F. 2009. Research methods for healthcare practice, Sage.
Bryman, A. 2012. Social research methods (4th ed.), Oxford University Press.
Williams, K et al. 2010. Planning your PhD, Palgrave Macmillan.

Subject specific skills

Sound understanding of subject
Critically evaluate

Transferable skills

Thinking and problem solving
written communication
oral communication
Organisation & time management
Use of tools and technology
Commercial awareness
Independence and initiative

Study time

Type Required
Project supervision 12 sessions of 1 hour (2%)
Private study 588 hours (98%)
Total 600 hours
Private study description

Private Study.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A1
Weighting Study time
Essay/Coursework 100% 100 hours

12,000-15,000 words

Feedback on assessment

Students will be offered formative feedback through their supervisions. Students will receive written feedback on their completed dissertations.


This module is Core for:

  • Year 1 of TIMA-L981 Postgraduate Social Science Research