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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice) (CLPS11030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis core course within the MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice (campus-based, full-time) programme provide students with the opportunity to design, conduct, analyse and present a research project.
Course description The MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice Dissertation can take the form of an empirical study, systematic review or meta-analysis relating to children and young people's mental health, or developmental aspects of mental health. Students will, where possible, be encouraged to work in pairs or small groups, which will provide an additional element of peer learning and social support.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of contemporary literature to support a rational justification for the study.
  2. Implement a viable research project that can demonstrate logical links between research questions, design and (primary/secondary) data collection.
  3. Demonstrate competence in collating/analyzing data and providing a critical and contextual interpretation of findings
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate appropriately and succinctly to a target audience, using appropriate language
  5. Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in undertaking research
Reading List
Readings related to the research topic recommended by supervisor
Boland, A. Cherry, M.G. & Dickson, R. (2014). Doing a systematic review. A student's guide. London: Sage Publishing Ltd.
Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics. London: Sage Publishing Ltd.
Field, A., & Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Greene, J. & D'Oliveira, M. (2009). Learning to use statistical tests in psychology. Maidenhead, Berkshire: OUP
Hart, C. (2005). Doing Your Masters Dissertation. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Pallant, J. (2016). SPSS Survival Manual. Maidenhead, Berkshire: OUP
Silverman, D. (2013). Doing Qualitative Research. A Practical Handbook. London: Sage Publications Ltd.
Sternberg, R.J. (2003). The Psychologist's companion: a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers (4th ed). Cambridge:
Wilson, S. & McLean, R. (2011). Research methods and data analysis for psychology. London: McGraw-Hill Education.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis
Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others
Technical and practical skills
Communication, numeracy and IT skills
KeywordsDissertation,children,young people,mental health,developmental
Course organiserDr Karen Goodall
Tel: (0131 6)51 3947
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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