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Unit information: Dissertation in 2020/21

Unit name Dissertation
Unit code PSYCM1000
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Turk
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


The dissertation is based upon an independent research project developed in consultation with an Advisor. Project topic areas will be presented to students for selection towards the end of the first semester. The dissertation provides students with practical experience of formulating, designing, and undertaking a substantive and original piece of research. Students will also be required to develop an understanding of any research governance issues pertaining to their chosen project.

Intended learning outcomes

The central learning outcome is that students should understand the principles underlying design, implementation and communication of a research project.

Teaching details

The project process begins with a presentation of the topic areas UoB members of academic staff are able to supervise.

Once a student is allocated a supervisor there will be regular meetings with the supervisor during which there will be discussion of hypotheses and appropriate design/analysis to test those hypotheses. During the course of the dissertation process, there will be timetabled meetings to ensure that projects are on track. Supervisors do not read drafts of dissertations; therefore, students should note that discussions with their supervisors play a critical role.

Assessment Details

Research dissertation in APA style with a maximum of 8,000 words (100%).

Reading and References

These will be specific to the project being undertaken.