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MD954 - Dissertation

  • Module code: MD954
  • Module name: Dissertation
  • Department: WMS, Dentistry
  • Credit: 60

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aims of this module are: to develop students' intellectual abilities using theoretical perspectives and drawing on current experience and previous experiential learning; to expose students to critical analysis of key issues of the topic through reference to the research literature and experience as a researcher; to develop students' knowledge and understanding of research methods and principles; to develop research skills to enable students to utilise research findings in their academic and professional work, and to have the skills to support their study at Master's dissertation level.

Principal learning outcomes

At the end of the module the student will have: Considerable in-depth skills in terms of education and life-long learning; research; critical thinking and reasoning; and analysis and synthesis of information; A clear understanding of the different methods and approaches to data collection depending on the research questions, and their relative values to a research enquiry; In-depth and extensive analysis and synthesis of new and past evidence on the topic, as demonstrated and applied to their area of research; Skills and expertise in academic writing, scholarship and authorship, including skills of referencing and the production of bibliographies; Literature searching skills, together with discrimination skills in relation to the appropriateness and relevance of available evidence to support academic reasoning; Skills and knowledge in the analysis and interpretation of data from a specific enquiry; Confidence in applying dissemination skills to small groups of peers, of ideas and arguments in areas of new knowledge; The knowledge and skills to design, plan, conduct, and complete a significant piece of research.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lasts for 1 year

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
60 CATS (Module code: MD954-60)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Endodontics with Supervised Dental Clinical Training (B92N) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Restorative and Aesthetic Dentistry (B93D) - Year 1