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Graduate Research Workshop - SPY00116M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Antonios Roumpakis
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The purpose of the Graduate Research Workshop (GRW) is to prepare students for their 80 credit Independent Study Module (ISM), to ensure that students fully understand the expectations of the ISM and develop specific academic skills such as designing and structuring a feasible project, scoping the initial literature search and identifying a solid theoretical foundation. The GRW enables students to practice their presentation and communication skills within an informed but not specialised, on the specific topic, audience with precision, self-reflection and sensitivity.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • While the Graduate Research Workshop does not introduce any new subject-related content, a key aim is to enable students to reflect on the subject content covered in their core and option modules, and to independently apply this knowledge to the development of their ISM proposal.

  • Students will be able to contextualise their dissertation (ISM) research question(s) within the available and relevant literature. Students are expected to consider, and where applicable, review policy stances and strategies of local, national, and global institutions.

Academic and graduate skills

  • planning for an independent literature based research project to manage and schedule appropriate stages of the research process

  • identifying and delimiting an appropriate research topic

  • developing independently policy research design skills and select on appropriate methodologies

  • selecting, reviewing and critically engaging with relevant (theoretical) literature and sources

  • communicating the nature of their dissertation proposals to others

  • presenting, often complex ideas and concepts, in a clear and effective manner using appropriate IT and other visual equipment

  • identifying and addressing ethical issues in relation to research

  • engage with and reflect critically on research policy design


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 100

Special assessment rules

Pass/fail & Non-compensatable


Task Length % of module mark
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative assessment by the tutor will be returned within one week, either in form of detailed in-text comments on the ISM proposal and/or a direct communication between student and tutor. Students will also receive feedback from their peers, within one week.

Feedback on the summative assessment at the end of the module will be returned within one week.

Indicative reading


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.