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XX50140: MRes dissertation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 30
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • MRes Dissertation (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX50140 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences

XX50140 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • THXX-AFM46 : MRes Global Political Economy: Transformations & Policy Analysis
  • THXX-AFM47 : MRes Global Political Economy: Transformations & Policy Analysis
  • THXX-AFM48 : MRes Security, Conflict & Justice
  • THXX-AFM49 : MRes Security, Conflict & Justice

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* 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.