PTY-40044 - Masters Dissertation in Faculty of Health
Coordinator: Matthew Dimmock
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 60
Study Hours: 600
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





120 M-level credits (equivalent to a Postgraduate Diploma) in a topic relevant to the title of the degree, passed at an appropriate level, as specified by the Course Regulations. The 120 M-level credits must include an appropriate module on research methods, normally of at least 15 M-level credits.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

The Dissertation is the test of the Master's degree standard. The purpose of the Dissertation is to contribute substantially to the research training aim that is appropriate to a taught Master's programme. To achieve this aim the student is required to demonstrate an understanding of the philosophy and principles of research (empirical or non-empirical) and show competence in the design, execution and reporting of a research project. In this way the student's ability is developed to carry out subsequent research independently and to commission, manage and evaluate the research activities of others. The dissertation may be empirical or non-empirical in nature.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, the student will be able to:
Communicate a framework of reference (such as a literature review) to show the relevance of the proposed research.
Display evidence of critical analysis, independence of thought and an understanding of advanced concepts and methods related to research.
Demonstrate the appropriateness and intellectual coherence of the research design/plan of argument for linking questions to methods and conclusions.
Select appropriate information gathering methods and implement these effectively and with a high level of judgment.
Show evidence of advanced methods of analysis and of a high level of skill in their execution.
Where appropriate, evidence of critical evaluation and reassessment of results and techniques during the research period.
Show evidence of intellectual rigour in the interpretation of the results of the analysis.
Analyse ethical issues (where appropriate).
Produce a report of appropriate style, organization and structure.
Display a high level of written English and expository methods.

Study hours

Student Study Hours: 600 Hours
Student Contact Hours:
15 Hour Tutorials, following outline proposal submission.
5 Student-led Workshops (optional)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 100%
Dissertation, which should normally exceed 15,000 words.
In identified cases only, a viva voce of one hour maximum may be held; this is expected to be exceptional.