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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5400M Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 300

Module manager: Dr Li Sun

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

Year running 2021/22

Module replaces

SLSP5115M Dissertation (Social Policy)SLSP5145M Dissertation (Social and Political Thought)SLSP5119M Research DissertationSLSP5116M Dissertation GEND5100M Dissertation (Gender)

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module will support students through the process of designing and conducting a substantial piece of independent research. It seeks to enhance:
- their ability to develop and carry through to completion an in-depth analysis focussed on a specific topic relevant to their programme;
- their capacity to work independently, selecting and using appropriate research methods and/or deploying appropriate advanced theoretical concepts;
-their understanding of ethics in relation to research;
- their ability to relate an in-depth study to current broader debates and concerns in the advanced study relevant to their programme of study;
- their ability to critically engage in the development of professional / disciplinary boundaries and norms
- their skills in written communication and organisation within a lengthy format.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module students will have demonstrated:
- advanced critical thinking and analytical techniques relevant to their programme of study,
- current debates in their chosen area of study;
- independent learning skills and self-management, as necessary for the undertaking of a higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in industry or an area of professional practice.


Each candidate will follow a unique tailored programme of training and research planned in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the School. An initial task is to ensure familiarity with contemporary concerns relevant to the likely selected dissertation topic.
Supervisors and students may build here on the coverage provided in Semester One modules. Guidance on appropriate readings is specific to individual candidates. Students submit an outline plan, setting their dissertation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings60.503.00
Private study hours589.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

589 hours preparation for writing, conducting research and writing up.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

At supervision sessions.
Students will submit a draft of their dissertation

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation8,000 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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