Postgraduate Course: Work-based dissertation (MSc Medical Anthropology) (PGSP11411)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The Work-based dissertation is an alternative form of assessment for students who undertake organisational placements as part of MSc. Placements will be competitive, with employers making the final decision. Students may also set up projects directly, subject to a formal process of approval by the programme director.
Students will undertake a 15,000 word dissertation linked to a work-based placement on a topic related to Medical Anthropology issues, to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations, usually mid-August. The dissertation will comprise a 12,000 word research paper and a 3,000 word project diary. The placements generally consist of eight weeks of on-location research with a host organisation in the UK or overseas, from our network of contacts which includes NGOs, charities, social enterprises, think-tanks and government bodies.
The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a substantive piece of independent research in Medical Anthropology. Previous placement students have produced briefing papers, literature reviews, project progress reports, field monitoring reports, grant proposals, annual reports, policy documents, and field based research outputs. The final 3,000 word diary will be submitted alongside the research paper, and fortnightly draft submissions will also be required.
The work is expected to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field, building upon relevant concepts and theories 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- - Learn to undertake independent work on a topic chosen in conjunction with a host organisation, drawing on knowledge and insights from courses taken within the Medical Anthropology MSc;
- - Display and extend their research and analytical skills, training and knowledge acquired in the previous coursework, and apply them to the agreed project;
- - Employ relevant knowledge, concepts, and analytical approaches from their chosen field to inform their WBP dissertation;
- - Exercise and consolidate their time-management, task-management, and self-motivational skills in the planning, conduct, and execution of their research;
- - Develop and refine their communication and presentational skills;
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|Course organiser||Dr Alice Street
Tel: (0131 6)51 5181
|Course secretary||Ms Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066