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Masters Dissertation (Distance Learning)

Course Details

Course/Module Code





23-24 Accredited 45 credits



23-24 Non-Accredited 45 credits



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You will be asked to submit a dissertation portfolio containing the following three tasks, which altogether will be a maximum of 10,000 words (excluding reference lists):

  • A journal article prepared for submission to a journal of your choice.
  • An explanation and justification of the academic journal the paper is (hypothetically) written for.
  • A reflection on your research; this will provide you space to justify your decision in carrying out the research and in evaluation that might not fit well in the journal article.

Careers/further study

This level 7 (Masters level) module can contribute towards the MSc Rehabilitation.


The syllabus is dictated by the nature of the area/topic of study agreed between the learner and identified academic supervisor.

Course Director

Vincent Singh

Entry Requirements

60 level 3 credits or equivalent.

You must have completed and passed the Health and Social Care Research: Methods and Methodology (UZWSRV-15-M) module.


On successful completion of this 45 credit Masters Dissertation (Distance Learning) module, you will be able to:

  • produce a comprehensive and critical review of the literature
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complexities, strengths and weaknesses of an investigation
  • critically evaluate and explore aspects of the research process including issues of reliability, validity, ethical issues and constraints
  • evaluate and contribute to theoretical and methodological debate in their discipline area
  • design and execute a well-planned research study based on relevant research methodology, within a framework of research governance
  • mapping of specific learning outcomes for the dissertation will be dependent upon the nature of the study and the methodology employed.

Learning and Teaching

Independent learning underpins the teaching and learning strategy on the dissertation module. You will have an identified dissertation supervisor and approximately 20 hours supervision. Supervision includes contact hours with the supervisor and formative feedback on draft work.

Working effectively with their dissertation supervisor, you will be expected to:

  • confirm aims, questions and proposed research strategy and set out a programme of work
  • demonstrate the ability for independent work and ability to manage the study.

Scheduled learning includes tutorials, project supervision, and formative assessment.

Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, assignment preparation and completion etc.

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45 credit level 7 module

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