Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc Education all pathways) (REDU11083)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||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 a major study that demands a high level of individual application and commitment to research and enquiry. It provides students with the opportunity to identify, reflect on and explore a relevant topic that is of interest to them and/or has implications for their own professional development.
There are a number of possible types of dissertation that may be considered appropriate (e.g. empirical research, desk-based research, research proposal, practicum/work-based research placement or journal article style dissertation). Students in discussion with their supervisors and with the MSc Dissertation Director should decide the focus and design of the study. Whether empirical or not, the dissertation should demonstrate an understanding of research design, data collection and analysis, presentation and research ethics.
Before writing the dissertation and/or collecting any data, students must submit a detailed dissertation proposal and they must obtain ethical approval for their project. If the proposal is satisfactory, a student may begin work on the dissertation. Students will receive support and guidance from their supervisor while developing their proposals and while carrying out the project.
In addition students will be able to access school level support in the form of eveing lectures and a week of sessions covering different aspects of research design, data collection and data analysis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|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)
The Dissertation is a single essay composed of 12,000 words. The dissertation director will provide general direction about the nature of the assessment task. Supervisors will also provide specific guidance to students about the assessment task via a series of group and/or individual supervision meetings.
To pass the course students are also required to submit a research proposal of 1000- 2000 words.
||Students will receive significant feedforward guidance on various aspects of their dissertation from their supervisor including detailed individualised comments on one draft chapter.
Students will present a poster outlining their proposals for formative feedback at a 'conference' to which all academic staff and doctoral students are invited.
Students will receive feedback/ forward on their written proposals from their dissertation supervisor.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Specify a topic of enquiry suitable for a dissertation and justify its theoretical significance, professional relevance and practical feasibility;
- Identify and reflect critically on relevant up-to-date literature, research, reports, policy and other scholarly evidence with specific reference to the research process used;
- Collect and analyse evidence, justifying the approaches and techniques used, and identify the implications of these decisions in terms of the status of the evidence, and the findings based upon it as well as demonstrate that the study complies with relevant ethical guidelines;
- Examine critically the contribution and limitations of the study undertaken and consider what implications the findings have for future education research, policy, theory and/or practice;
- Present work, observing appropriate academic conventions in relation to style, tone, structure, paragraphing, paraphrasing, sectioning of the text, proof-reading and referencing.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Siqi Zhang
|Course secretary||Miss Malgorzata Litwinska
Tel: (0131 6)51 6363