This module represents the research element of the taught Masters' courses.
Learning outcomes: By the end of the module, students will have investigated in depth a topic of their choice, learned how to plan and execute a research strategy, and understood how to present research results.
Assessment: Assessment by coursework only.
Compulsory for: MA LIS, MA ARM, MA RAMI, MA ECP, MA Publishing, MSc IS.
Optional for: This module is also available for short course students.
Prerequisites: Completion of the taught element of the programme. At the discretion of the Programme Director, Diploma students who have demonstrated good progress on the taught course may be able to change their registration to the Master's degree and undertake the Dissertation module.
Taught by: There is no formal teaching for the dissertation. A Research Methods one day event is usually held in the summer term, and many aspects of good research practice (literature searching, project planning, bibliographic referencing) are embedded in the taught programmes.
Dissertation students are allocated an appropriate supervisor for their topic. Students may negotiate with the supervisor the number and form of their tutorials, although three is regarded as the 'standard'. If convenient, email may be used as an alternative to face-to-face tutorials.
Further information for students currently taking this module.