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PS929 - DTC Social Science Research Dissertation

  • Module code: PS929
  • Module name: DTC Social Science Research Dissertation
  • Department: Psychology
  • Credit: 60

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal 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. Projects must be: 1. Empirical (that is an experiment, computer program, survey or observational study); 2. Physically safe and ethically acceptable; 3. Practical in terms of demands on data sources, time, equipment, number of participants required and laboratory space. The choice of topic is to be agreed between the student and their supervisor.

Principal learning outcomes

"The ability to formulate research questions showing rigour and scholarship in designing and carrying out a research project The ability to engage in critical reading and analysis of research accounts in both disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts. Competence at conducting an empirical investigation Competence at writing up the project in a professional scientific format "

Timetabled teaching activities

"The project will be introduced in the spring term and supervisors and students will complete the project in the summer term and summer "

Other essential notes

"Pre- and Post-Requisite Modules: Completion of associated core and option modules relating to the ESRC DTP MSc 'Social Science Research'. "

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
60 CATS (Module code: PS929-60)
A (Assessed work only) Project Report (up to 15,000 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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