Postgraduate Course: Dissertation MSc by Research Social Policy (SCPL11004)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a focused piece of independent research in the field of social policy. The dissertation is expected to engage critically and analytically with relevant literature, building upon salient concepts and theory covered in the taught element of the degree and deploying appropriate analytic and bibliographic skills.
The nature of a dissertation for the MSc by Research may vary. It can be: a research proposal, in preparation for a PhD Project; a pilot project in preparation for a PhD project; a stand-alone project, that could involve analysis of documents, secondary data or it could be fieldwork based. Other types of dissertations are possible, as agreed with the Programme Director of the MSc by Research (Social Policy).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to undertake an extended piece of independent scholarship in the field of social policy
- Critically discuss the empirical and theoretical literature in the field
- Establish feasible research questions
- Develop an appropriate research design
- Critically discuss methodological and data issues
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Elke Heins
Tel: (0131 6)50 4049