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Dissertation/Independent Research Project


Module description

The aim of this module is for you to produce a dissertation or independent research project related to the main aims and learning outcomes of your course. Preparation for your dissertation/research project is provided on other modules and through dedicated workshops taking place at the end of your penultimate year or the beginning of the final year.

Indicative syllabus

  • Identifying a problem to research
  • Identifying relevant sources of information
  • Reviewing academic literature
  • Writing up research

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will have:

  • identified appropriate social science issues or problems to research
  • identified academic and other appropriate literature on a specialist topic
  • critically evaluated existing knowledge on a specialist topic
  • selected and applied research methods appropriate to your topic
  • presented research findings clearly in writing
  • worked independently and organised your own time and tasks
  • successfully completed a dissertation or independent research project drawing on skills and knowledge acquired on other modules during your course.