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Dissertation - HEA00101M

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Janaka Saranasuriya Jayawickrama
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Vacation 2018-19

Module aims

The dissertation module will allow the students to design, implement and finalise their own research project with a final research report. This module aims to encourage students to conduct their dissertation research on a subject matter or research question that is stimulating to them as well as to the field of contemporary humanitarian affairs. An appropriate tutor will supervise the dissertation and the student will receive support throughout the research period.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • Students will develop strategies to conduct an independent research project within humanitarian contexts.
  • Students will design, implement, manage and evaluate an independent research project.
  • Students will link research into policy and practice in real world humanitarian contexts.
  • Students will have effective working knowledge of the humanitarian system and approaches for improving the impact of humanitarian programmes.

Academic and graduate skills

  • Students will understand the ethical challenges in conducting field research.
  • Students will identify different research methods and skills to conduct an effective research project.
  • Students will learn to gather information, analyse and present research findings.
  • Lead on the management of complex projects and challenges in the area of protection, food and nutrition, shelter, health and WASH.

Module content

This module will provide the opportunity to students to conduct an independent research project in an area that interests them - academically, professionally and practically.


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
15000 word dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Written feedback will be provided on the standard proforma within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

Babbie, E. and Benaquisto, L. (2002). Fundamentals of Social Research. Toronto, Nelson.

Kothari, C.R., (2004), Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques, (2nd Revised Edition). New Delhi, New Age Publications.

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