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XX50140: MRes dissertation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2012/3
Follow this link for further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Follow this link for further information on credits Credits: 30
Follow this link for further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Follow this link for further information on period slots Period: Dissertation period
Follow this link for further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Follow this link for further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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Follow this link for further information on unit content Description: Aims:
To support students, within an active research community, identify a feasible research question, relate it to relevant literature and develop a cogent and coherent argument that addresses the research question.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the unit, the students should be able:
* demonstrate a good knowledge of the literature on a chosen research question;
* show competency in the use of particular research designs and techniques within their own specialist discipline or subject area;
* present independent analysis, argument and/or application of theory in a coherent fashion;
* produce a dissertation of academic and professional merit that defines a research question/questions, identifies an appropriate methodology and engages with relevant theory and data.

Intellectual skills
* define a researchable question/focus;
* critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of existing literature;
* develop rigorous arguments through precise use of relevant data, concepts, models and illustrations;
* develop and present a detailed argument in an original and stimulating way.
Professional practice skills
* develop, apply, test and hone those professional practice skills taught in the MRes programme which are relevant to the dissertation;
* understand issues posed by social research in relation to ethics, confidentiality and legality;
* have a good command of language skills where appropriate;
* present the dissertation in a written form that conforms to acceptable standards of presentation and expression;
* complete the assignment within the agreed deadline.
Transferable/Key skills
* apply research management skills such as time and resource planning and monitoring, archiving of data;
* develop good writing, presentation and dissemination skills, including the use of Internet-based tools;
* competency in the presentation of research findings.

Any area of research for which an adequate level of supervision is available can be offered.
Follow this link for further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX50140 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education Department for Health Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • THXX-AFM50 : MRes Politics and International Studies (Full-time)
  • THXX-AFM51 : MRes Politics and International Studies (Full-time)
Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.