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Course Overview

The dissertation can be a rewarding, interesting and challenging exercise, with a process that differs from taught courses. With self-directed study, you are introduced to the process of independent research starting with finding a topic that is both academically interesting and can be covered in the given time frame. In addition to utilising skills acquired during previous years of study, it is an opportunity to develop new skills useful for future employment, such as writing reports.  Your dissertation will be judged on evidence of competence in independent research. The greater the degree of competence, the higher the mark awarded.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Rainer Schulz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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Course Description

This course involves the completion of an independent piece of research work. The emphasis is upon self-directed study. A supervisor will provide guidance and support, but final responsibility for the completion of the dissertation rests with the student.
The process of writing a dissertation provides students with the opportunity to utilize the skills of writing, presentation and logical argument they have developed during their previous years of study. Moreover, it provides students with the opportunity to further develop skills that may be necessary for future employment, such as the writing of reports.

Further Information & Notes

Students may not register for both PO 4006 AND PO 4506.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: submission of 12,000 word dissertation (including original work) on topic approved by the Dissertation Co-ordinator (100%).

Resit: None.

Formative Assessment

Regular supervisor-student meetings will be arranged and an assigned supervisor will read and comment on the draft of the dissertation and also ensure that the student is made aware of inadequate progress or of standards of work that fall below that generally expected.


Feedback will occur through the regular supervisor-student meetings and/or via e-mail when responding to drafts.

Course Learning Outcomes


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