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PS929: DTC Social Science Research Dissertation (Psychology) (2020/21)

Module Code:


Module Name:

DTC Social Science Research DIssertation (Psychology)

Module Credits (CATS):

60 (ESRC-only)


Module Convener

Elizabeth Maylor

Module Teachers

Academics from Psychology


Module Aims

The aim of the project is to provide students with the opportunity to develop, investigate and carry out novel research within the field of Psychology.

Students will design and conduct a piece of empirical work that addresses one or more current research questions under the supervision of a primary supervisor. The dissertation may take the form of a detailed PhD proposal plus a pilot study, analysis and write-up.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Formulate research questions, showing rigour and scholarship in designing and carrying out a research project
  • Engage in critical reading and analysis of research accounts in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts
  • Conduct an empirical investigation
  • Write up the project in a professional scientific format

All Learning Objectives are assessed by all elements of the assessment.


Module Work Load

Module Length

20 weeks


30 supervisions of 1 hour each


Attendance at supervisions is compulsory


Module Assessment

Assessed work:

Project report – write-up of research carried out, formulated as a report, of no more than 15,000 words



Module Programme

Project meeting in Spring term with ongoing guidance and supervision January to July. During this time students will obtain ethical approval, carry out the project, meet with supervisor as required and write up the project.


Module Reading List

There is no general reading list for this module, though supervisors may suggest specific reading related to the research being undertaken