Timetable information in the Course Catalogue may be subject to change.

University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : Edinburgh College of Art : Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate Course: Dissertation [M.Sc in Architectural Project Management] (Distance Learning) (ARCH11017)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe principal intention of your dissertation study is to provide you with an opportunity to investigate a research topic to a greater extent, in written form, than has been possible so far in MSc Architectural Project Management.
Course description A dissertation is more than just a description of gathered research material. The best dissertations use your newly acquired knowledge of a topic to make distinctive and incisive contributions to debates and discourses in your chosen field.

The Dissertation involves the skills of working within the realm of academic research methodology, the gathering of information. You are taught how to develop these ideas in a mature and independent manner, and present them in a well-written and structured format.

You can choose any dissertation topic related to the courses:
Design, Value and Architecture
Architecture and Sustainability
Architecture, Construction and Industrialisation.

You can base your research around curriculum in the programme or from your own professional and academic experience.
You are encouraged to use your dissertation study to gain expertise in a particular field that will be valuable in your future professional or academic career.

The course is taught online and you work with a dissertation supervisor to develop your work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs not applicable
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  1
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 580 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is largely research-based, and you are asked to write a thesis text no greater than 15 000 words.
The dissertation submission addresses all the learning outcomes of the course.
Feedback Formative feedback is given to you during the course to help you understand the learning material and assist you in the assignments we ask you to do.
You will receive written formative feedback at the following points:
1. Submission of the research question
2. Submission of the dissertation plan
In addition, you can expect no less than four online meetings as formative feedback sessions with your tutor.

Summative feedback is given on the finished dissertation that advises you how well you have performed in terms of the aims and objectives of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
The ability to research in depth a particular subject area.

To critically assess and synthesise primary and secondary sources.

The ability to utilise accepted academic methodologies in the preparation and presentation of the dissertation.
Reading List
Linda Groat and David Wang: Architectural Research Methods
John Biggam: Succeeding With Your Master's Dissertation. A Step-By-Step Handbook
David McCandless: Information is Beautiful
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Demonstrate critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to design, the built environment and construction;
Show skill in researching and critically assessing aspects of the built environment as a cultural, economic and environmental phenomenon;
Acquire skills in the assembly, interpretation of research questions into coherent and cogent academic texts;
Display understanding in the collection of research information and techniques in communicating the proper attribution of others┬┐ work.
Additional Class Delivery Information Not applicable - course taught by distance learning
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr John Brennan
Tel: (0131 6)50 2324
Course secretaryMiss Fanny To
Tel: (0131 6)51 5773
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information