Postgraduate Course: Placement-Based Dissertation (MSc Science and Technology in Society) (PGSP11547)
|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||Students will undertake a dissertation linked to a work-based placement of no longer than 15,000 words on a topic related to science and technology studies, and to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations, usually by the end of August. These placements generally consist of eight weeks of on-location research with a host organisation, which may be in located in the UK or overseas. Our extensive network of partners includes NGOs, charities, social enterprises, think-tanks and government bodies.
The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a substantive piece of independent research. The work is expected to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field, building upon relevant concepts and theories introduced in the taught elements of the degree and deploying a range of primary and secondary sources as well as appropriate data-analytic and bibliographic skills. Each student will be allocated a research supervisor by the end of the second semester to advise on and oversee her/his research progress.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
A dissertation of up to 15,000 words in length
||During the dissertation project, learning takes place on a much more individual and independent basis.
General guidance on the dissertation is contained in the Graduate School Taught Masters Student
Structure and guidance for the project is provided in part through regular meetings with a supervisor,
through formal presentations of dissertation proposals and preliminary conclusions (in dedicated
workshops that will be organized for subject area once dissertation work is underway), and through
informal discussion sessions with the Programme Director and other students on the programme. The
project is, however, your own responsibility, and must be entirely of your own work. Students - and
supervisors - rights and responsibilities during the dissertation stage are described in the Code of Practice
for Taught Postgraduate Programmes.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically understand the theories and concepts of science and technology studies
- Demonstrate a knowledge of academic and policy debates within science and technology studies relevant to the dissertation topic
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the case study examined and demonstrate skills in data analysis, academic writing and referencing
- Critically evaluate and analyse the empirical evidence employed in the dissertation
- Critically understand the challenges and realities of applying ideas from science and technology studies to policy development or project planning and implementation
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Eugenia Rodrigues
Tel: (0131 6)51 4751
|Course secretary||Mr Adam Petras