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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC5430M Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr Mohammad Ahmadian

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

EDUC5001MCritical Study

Module replaces

EDUC 5001M

This module is not approved as an Elective


In completing this module students will be able to:

- identify either a topic of immediate individual concern in their own institution or a generic educational topic;
- engage in discussion with a tutor(s) concerning how this topic might be investigated;
- under supervision, carry out reading and study, and, if appropriate, research, on this topic;
- put this topic in a broader perspective, ensuring where appropriate that the experience of more than one school or college is considered and that recent evidence/research of the national/local situation is included;
- under supervision, write up the study in an appropriate form.

Skills outcomes
Analytical Skills
Critical Thinking
Independent Working
Research Skills
Use of Knowledge


Students negotiate their critical studies on an individual basis at a dissertation proposal meeting held with their Academic Tutor.

Students will be required to audit the module EDUC5060M Getting Started: Research Questions and Approaches in Education or equivalent unless their programme manager or the taught postgraduate tutor believes that they already have sufficient knowledge or skills about research.

Students will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will discuss their critical study proposal and meet with them on a regular basis as the study progresses.

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
On-line Learning35.0015.00
Private study hours566.00
Total Contact hours34.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

The information against seminars in the first line of information against tutorials and the information against online learning relates to the work involved in auditing EDUC 5060M. The second line against tutorials relates to supervision of the Dissertation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through the tutorials related to EDUC5060M and the supervision meetings. Additional meetings may be arranged, as required, subject to agreement between the student and their supervisor.

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
AssignmentDissertation of 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

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 16/11/2021


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