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Unit information: Dissertation (Conversion) in 2020/21

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Unit name Dissertation (Conversion)
Unit code PSYCM0071
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Fielding
Open unit status Not open




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


The aim of this mandatory unit is to apply research techniques to a particular psychological question, under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The project is typically conducted during the Summer term but preparation should start earlier, when NHS Ethics or other more complex ethical approval is required

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

Key reading and references are peer-reviewed papers in the domain of the research project.