- Department: Health Sciences
- Module co-ordinator: Prof. Alexandra Smith
- Credit value: 60 credits
- Credit level: M
- Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
- See module specification for other years: 2023-24
- Notes: This is an independent study module
In this module, you will undertake an independent research project in the field of public health. Supported by supervisors, you'll apply the research methodologies, skills and knowledge acquired from taught modules during your programme, specialising in an area of knowledge and research relevant to your studies.
|Semester 1 2024-25
To provide students with the opportunity to pursue an independent project in a public health-related area.
To provide students with the opportunity to apply the research methodologies, skills and knowledge acquired from taught modules to a substantive piece of work.
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
Systematically plan and structure a public health project.
Select and apply appropriate research methodologies to design and conduct an independent piece of research including a systematic literature review or critical review of the literature.
Be able to formulate and refine research questions.
Demonstrate an ability to source relevant information related to their dissertation topic.
Critically appraise and interpret existing literature.
Organise and structure research findings.
Demonstrate the ability to communicate and present research.
Demonstrate the ability to present complex arguments and synthesise complex ideas.
Critically evaluate their own work.
Organise and manage workload effectively.
Information relating to dissertations is presented at induction, in the student handbook, on the student intranet and on the specific dissertation VLE module site.
There are number of different types of dissertation that you can undertake including primary research (e.g. primary data collection, including interviews or focus groups etc.); secondary data-analysis of quantitative or qualitative data (e.g. analysis of datasets or qualitative interview data previously collected); systematic reviews, (both quantitative and qualitative); critical literature reviews and critical reviews of policy/practice. Information about the different types of dissertation are available on the student intranet and the dissertation VLE site.
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Written feedback for the summative assessment is provided on the standard proforma, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.
Completing a masters’ dissertation in the department of Health Sciences, University of York.