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SLSP3061 Dissertation with Quantitative Research Methods

40 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Albert Varela

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


LAW2287Quantitative Social Research II: Advanced Statistical Modell
SLSP3065Quantitative Social Research

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLSP3041Sociology Dissertation
SLSP3051Social Policy Dissertation

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The dissertation is a piece of written work of 10,000 to 12,000 words focused on a research topics of your own choice within the area of the degree programme. The dissertation must be based on the independent analysis of primary and/or secondary quantitative data using statistical modelling or other methods commensurate to those covered in the modules SLSP3065 and LAW3287.


Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of a specific sociology or social policy module as well as the ability to design a piece of quantitative analysis from data collection/collation to analytical modelling and write-up.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will present a dissertation which demonstrates their ability to:

1. ndependently formulate and research a sociology/social policy question;
2. show their in-depth knowledge and understanding of sociological debates in their chosen topic of enquiry;
3. evaluate the sociological debates and/or empirical evidence and methods they have used in the dissertation;
4. carry out independent quantitative research using primary or secondary data into a topic in the field of sociology/social policy


The dissertatin is on as subject of the student's choice, providing that it falls within the objectives fot he programme in which the module is used. The sociological and social policy content shall be negotiated between the student and their supervisor.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session131.0013.00
Private study hours376.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

100 hours planning and reading
100 hours independent research
176 hours writing and editing

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Meetings with supervisor throughout the year
Review and comments on drafts

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation10,000-12,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 20/07/2021


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