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PS50055: Health Psychology dissertation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: DS 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you are advised totake PS50051
Description: Aims:
To provide students with the opportunity to carry out an independent research project by putting into practice some of the methods, theories and skills that they have learned during the taught units.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the dissertation, students will:
* Have developed their research skills.
* Developed the skills required for both autonomous and team work.
* Developed transferable skills that will prepare them for postgraduate employment or further study
* Developed their critical, analytical problem-based learning skills.

* To communicate an argument
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence
* To gather information from a number of sources
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
Professional / Practical
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of health psychology within a health context
* To be aware of ethical and professional issues in carrying out research
* Time management and administration skills
* Presentation skills and verbal communication
* To reflect on his/her academic performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development.

The student will carry out a substantial research project of their own design, in health psychology, under the joint supervision of a academic and placement supervisor(s).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50055 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology


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