ME956-60 Dissertation (Health and Wellbeing)
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.
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.
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
Thinking and problem solving
Organisation & time management
Use of tools and technology
Independence and initiative
|Project supervision||12 sessions of 1 hour (2%)|
|Private study||588 hours (98%)|
Private study description
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group A1
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