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Postgraduate Course: Work-based dissertation (MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance) (PGSP11408)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryFor work-based dissertations, students will undertake a dissertation linked to a placement with a host organisation of no longer than 15,000 words on a topic related to the bioeconomy (innovation and governance in life science sectors), and to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations, usually by mid August. These placements generally consist of eight weeks of research on a project co-developed with a host organisation. These dissertations can be based on interactions with an organisation through a placement that involves physical co-location with the host, or work-based projects that involve varying but lesser degree of interaction and entwinement with the external organisation. Projects are subject to approval by the dissertation supervisor and the Programme Director. Students will be supervised throughout the placement by an academic supervisor. You will also normally have a supervisor based in your host organisation.The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a substantive piece of independent research on a topic related to innovation and governance in the bioeconomy. The work is expected to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field, building upon relevant concepts, theories and methods introduced in the taught elements of the degree and deploying a range of primary and secondary sources as well as appropriate data-analytic and bibliographic skills. Each student will be allocated a research supervisor by the end of the second semester to advise on and oversee her/his research progress.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  12
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The 15,000 word dissertation includes a research-based diary of 3,000 words.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critical understanding and application of theories, concepts and methods related to the study of the Bioeconomy
  2. Detailed knowledge and demonstrable, in-depth understanding of the placement project
  3. Ability to critically evaluate and analyse the empirical evidence employed in the dissertation project
  4. Critical understanding of the challenges and realities of work in life sciences and the bioeconomy
  5. Demonstrable skills in data analysis, academic writing and referencing
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Course organiserDr James Mittra
Tel: (0131 6)50 2453
Course secretaryMiss Jade Birkin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1659
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