MSc Social Science Research (Dissertation) CEES5017P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Dissertation course for Masters Students in SSR Programme



Requirements of Entry



This course will be assessed by means of course work in the form of a 10-15,000 word dissertation.

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

The dissertation is an independent piece of research. The course aims to:

■ provide practical experience of the process of research design, planning and implementation;

■ encourage independent decision-making and initiative in research;

■ provide experience of initiating contact with academics and/or researchers in external bodies and of developing research ideas and plans through discussion with those researchers;

■ familiarise students with the practicalities of applied research through the practice of writing a proposal, conducting a literature review, data collection and analysis, writing-up results, responding to feedback and meeting deadlines;

■ consolidate the research skills taught on the MSc SSR in the context of a substantial piece of independent research with a view to demonstrating competence in at least one advanced research technique (either quantitative or qualitative).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ identify a topic worthy of inquiry;

■ critically analyse and evaluate existing knowledge on that topic, through a review of relevant literature;

■ formulate a coherent and answerable set of research questions;

■ determine an appropriate research strategy and associated methodology, taking due account of any practical, political and ethical issues affecting the conduct of their research;

■ identify and engage positively with academics and/or researchers in external bodies where necessary;

■ collect and analyse relevant empirical evidence from fieldwork and/or secondary/documentary sources;

■ draw appropriate conclusions from their analysis;

■ write up a logically structured and properly referenced research report.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits