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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children, Young People, and Families) (CLPS11059)

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
SummaryThe dissertation for the MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children, Young People, and Families training in psychological research methods is based on one taught core course in which the emphasis is on learning by undertaking various research-related exercises (Discovering Development) and conveying information leading to the dissertation itself. This core course will provide students with the opportunity to design, conduct, analyse and present a literature-based research project of their choice and to complete a dissertation in the form of a journal article and extended essay.
Course description The MSc in Mental Health and Wellbeing of Children, Young People, and Families Dissertation can take the form of a systematic review or meta-analysis relating to an aspect of psychological theory, or a psychological model, with relevance to clinical practice in the field of child and adolescent mental health. It should consist of an extended review of relevant literature and include reflection on the application of this to clinical practice thus integrating the two key aspects of this programme. It may also be possible for the dissertation to the take the form of an empirical study, but such an approach would be based on analysis of secondary data and would require discussion with the programme coordinator in the first instance.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop research knowledge that will enable students to discuss, share, present and analyse research evidence and information in various formats and from a range of sources.
  2. Develop research skills focusing on methods of reviewing research evidence
  3. Carry out an independent piece of literature-based psychological research.
Reading List
Bell, J. (2005). Doing your research project. Buckingham: Open University Press. (4th ed).

Dunn, D. (2011). A short guide to writing about psychology (3rd ed). London: Longman.
Field, A., & Hole, G. (2003). How to design and report experiments. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Forshaw, M. (2004). Your undergraduate psychology project: a BPS guide. Oxford: Blackwell.

Heffernan, T.M. (2000). A Student's guide to studying psychology. Hove: Psychology Press

Landrum, R.E. (2008). Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story. Washington, DC: APA.

Sternberg, R.J. (2003). The Psychologist's companion: a guide to scientific writing for students and researchers (4th ed). Cambridge: CUP (especially Chapter 3, 7 & 8).
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
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Course organiserDr Charles Marley
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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