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Writing up

The text that you developed for the research proposal will form part of the completed research project/dissertation. This is worth bearing in mind in terms of the overall word count. You must send the completed draft to the supervisor for formative feedback at least 3 weeks before final submission.

You are advised to include the following headings in the completed research project/dissertation.

Introduction and initial literature review
Provide a rationale for your research questions based on your initial review of the literature (in the widest sense). State clearly your epistemological position and theoretical perspective.

Research questions (RQs)
State clearly your research questions and number them as appropriate.

Research methods
Linked to each research question, describe the research methods used i.e. research strategy/ies, data collection method(s) and framework(s) for data analysis/interpretation. Justify your approach to strategy, data collection and data analysis/interpretation by referring back to the initial literature review and research questions. Taking each RQ in turn, show clearly how you have sought to answer it paying particular attention to research strategy/ies, data collection method(s) and framework(s) for data analysis/interpretation.

Reflexivity and ethics
In all cases, show consideration of ethical matters (such as harm and confidentiality) and reflexivity. If the project has involved direct engagement with people, also state how consent was agreed and recorded and protection from harm ensured for all parties.

Research question 1
Re-state the RQ. Describe the data collected or assembled, and analyse/interpret it in response to the RQ.

Research question 2......
Follow same process as with RQ1. (The number of sections here will depend on the number of research questions, usually between 1-3).

List of references
Fully reference the project in the course Harvard style.

Word count
The assignment should be 5000 words.

Final points
Written work must be submitted using the the online submission system by the hand-in date. You will be invited to give overall feedback on the module as part of this. Word limits must be adhered to within a 10% leeway and excessive length will be penalised. Coursework will be assessed against the learning outcomes described in the module specification and postgraduate assessment criteria. The course guide to referencing (e.g. citation style, use of reference list and bibliography) must be used. Links to all these elements are available in the online student handbook in the student course space.