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Independent Study Module (Dissertation) for MA programmes in the Department of Education - EDU00110M

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Jan Hardman
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

This is a 60-credit dissertation module for the MA programmes in the Department of Education. Students can only progress to this module if they have met the requirements of the taught element of the programmes.

Professional requirements


Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module aims to support students in designing and executing a small-scale research project that is of interest to them, and in writing a report of their study in APA style. In the course of this module, students will have the opportunity to put much of their knowledge and skills in educational research into practice and, potentially, to make an original contribution to knowledge in their chosen topic area.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • carry out a small-scale research project in the field of Education. 

In doing this, students will be able to demonstrate their:

  • construction of research design for any given research question;
  • sampling procedures;
  • choice and justification for the methods of data collection;
  • analysis of complex evidence/data using appropriate data analysis methods;
  • evaluation of their data, synthesising the findings to present their argument persuasively;
  • the skills involved in writing an MA dissertation.



Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
MA Dissertation (12,000 words)
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Students will receive formative feedback on drafts of their dissertation as they progress in accordance with the guidance set out for all MA students.


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
MA Dissertation (12,000 words)
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback will be received on all summative assessments and reassessments. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information.




Indicative reading

Bryman, A. (2015). Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (5th Edition)

Otherwise, as suggested on feeder modules and/or supervisors.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.