60 credits at level HE7
The MSc Dissertation module enables the student to combine knowledge and skills attained in earlier modules. All projects involve investigation and research; some will involve substantial practical work while others will be mainly research based. The purpose of the module is to allow the student to demonstrate the ability to perform independent but guided academic activity and demonstrate mastery of a specialist topic. The topic chosen for the dissertation project must be relevant within the context of the name of the pathway.
The MSc project process requires the student to:
Define and negotiate a project topic
Identify appropriate techniques, project structure and timetable.
Undertake an investigation of the published literature. Write an interim report summarising and reviewing the literature and relating this to the proposed project. The interim report should conform to the conventions of academic writing.
Implement the development or undertake the research, depending on project type.
Critically analyse the results or findings, draw conclusions and make recommendations for further work.
Describe the project in its entirely in a written dissertation complying with academic publishing conventions.
Expand upon any aspect of the project and propose future work in an oral examination.
Students are expected to be self-motivated in conducting their MSc project, enhancing their technical competence and building self-sufficiency.
Supervisors will provide support and guidance.
The project is assessed on the final submitted document and the viva voce examination. Students must obtain 40% or more to pass and must pass the viva voce examination, which is obligatory, in order to pass the project.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||be competent in project management including planning, scheduling and resource identification.||produce a detailed project plan and justify subsequent variances.|
|2.||be able to devise research strategies to critically review the published literature.||produce a report reviewing the published literature and relating it to the project|
|3.||have a mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge and skill.||implement the investigation or development, then communicate the process and evaluate the findings in a detailed written dissertation covering all aspects of the project.|
|4.||have acquired expertise in writing within the accepted academic norms.||produce a detailed written dissertation covering all aspects of the project.|
|5.||be able to formulate and deliver a presentation to a professional standard.||demonstrate professionalism and technical accuracy in the presentation.|
|6.||be confident in defending your work orally.||Successfully defend at a viva voce examination.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Publications, journals and internet sites relevant to the chosen topic.
Dissertations prepared by former students, including those in other universities
* denotes key texts
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