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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc Res Nursing Studies) (NUST11033)

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 Credits80 ECTS Credits40
SummarySuccessful completion of the MSc requires an 80 credit dissertation. The dissertation will report a piece of empirical research and should be 15,000 -18,000 words long.
Course description Throughout the year students work with their supervisors in a programme of systematic review of the secondary literature in their proposed area of research and towards other elements of their dissertation. Supervisors also encourage students to reflect on, monitor and review their progress, and advise students of the most appropriate further training in their area of research interest.

The dissertation constitutes the main work in which the student demonstrates the extent to which he or she has achieved the crucial learning outcomes from the programme's research training components. It normally takes the form of a report of a piece of empirical research, and has the following components:

1. Critical review of the literature (substantive and theoretical, weighted as appropriate) on the chosen research topic.
2. Statement of the specific research aims/questions to be addressed, and how these relate to the review of literature.
3. Presentation and critical appraisal of the research design and methods employed.
4. Discussion of practical and ethical issues affecting the conduct of the research.
5. An account of the conduct of the study.
6. Presentation and critical discussion of the findings of the study.
7. Indication of the expected contribution of the study to understanding in the field, and its significance.
8. Suggestions for further study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 800 ( Lecture Hours 2, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 770 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Dissertation of 15000 to 18000 words
Feedback Formative feedback will be given by student's dissertation supervisor throughout the dissertation process.

Summative feedback will be given on the dissertation after dissertation marks have been ratified at the exam board.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to carry out a sustained piece of independent scholarship, involving project and time management.
  2. Demonstrate critical analysis of relevant research in the field of study, engaging with salient debates, and throughout the dissertation, produce written scholarship in line with research and bibliographic conventions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to define a specific research project with a coherent and answerable set of research questions, justified in terms of theory and concepts.
  4. Explain the translation of a research question into a feasible design and methodology.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to conduct and report on a defined empirical study taking due account of any practical, political and ethical issues affecting the conduct of their research.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Undertake critical evaluations of a wide range of existing research and your own research data.
2. Plan and execute a project of research, investigation or development.
3. Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills practices and thinking in research methods and data analysis.
4. Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability, time-management and working with others.
5. Develop critical reflection and skills in presenting a significant body of work.
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Course organiserDr Sheila Rodgers
Tel: (0131 6)51 3940
Course secretaryMrs Alison Grahamslaw
Tel: (0131 6)50 4277
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