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Unit information: Dissertation (Psychology in Education) in 2020/21

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Unit name Dissertation (Psychology in Education)
Unit code EDUC30026
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Williams
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of all Year 2 BSc Psychology in Education units



School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The dissertation is an independent study that gives students the opportunity to select a relevant theme in Psychology in Education and carry out research in depth over a sustained period of time. It must be an empirical investigation. Throughout, students will be required to consider ethical issues in this field.

The unit aims are to:

  • provide students with the opportunity to investigate a topic of their own choice that is relevant to Psychology in Education, deepening their understanding through independent learning and study;
  • support students in developing and applying to their independent study knowledge of a range of theoretical perspectives and concepts gained elsewhere in the programme;
  • support students in formulating and independently researching a question in Psychology in Education using a range of appropriate methods and methodologies;
  • facilitate critical reflection on a selection of relevant literature, taking into account its range and depth;
  • strengthen the practical and transferable skills students have gained in managing their own learning, undertaking independent and self-directed research, and conveying ideas succinctly and cogently in writing.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. an awareness of the ethical issues and implementation of ethical practices in research;
  2. plan and carry out a sustained independent study. For psychology in education, this must be an empirical study that implements an appropriate design within the context of a particular psychological question, using appropriate techniques to analyse data.
  3. demonstrate a critical and in-depth understanding of their chosen topic through effective academic communication in an original dissertation;
  4. select, synthesise and critically appraise an appropriate range of relevant literature;
  5. reflect on their choice of research methods and analytic techniques in the conduct of their study.

Teaching details

Individual study supported by 5 hours negotiated academic supervision. Dissertation workshops addressing methodologies, analysis and writing a dissertation. Participation in a dissertation conference within the School of Education.

Assessment Details


ILO 1,2,4

Dissertation proposal (1,000 - 1,500 words)



Ethics proposal (15% of mark)

ILO 1-5

8 - 10,000 word dissertation (85% of mark)

Reading and References

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). New York, NY: American.

Coolican, H. (2009). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology. (5th Ed.). London: Hodder Education.

Harris, P. (2008). Designing and Reporting Experiments in Psychology. (3rd Ed.). Buckingham: Open University Press.