SOC40140 Dissertation

Academic Year 2023/2024

As part of the work leading to the master's qualification students complete a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words. The dissertation may involve field research or desk research, depending on the topic, the student's interests, and the guidance of the supervisor. Prior to commencing work on the dissertation students attend six workshops in dissertation preparation, in which the emphasis is on developing and refining their ideas for the dissertation research. They are also given training in doing a literature review and in requirements regarding grammar, punctation and layout. Each student must submit a research proposal for ethical approval to the School Masters Ethics Committee. Each student is then assigned a supervisor who guides them in their work on the dissertation, which should be submitted not later than mid August in order to be conferred in Autumn.

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Learning Outcomes:

The students learn to undertake a piece of individual research, to follow UCD's research ethical standards, to relate their work to literature in the topic area, and to show competence in the analysis and discussion of data. They produce a dissertation of words. Very good students may be encouraged to develop their material for submission as a journal article.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Enquiry & problem-based learning. Case-based learning; student presentations, 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Accceptance on to the master's programme.

Learning Exclusions:


Learning Recommendations:

A good level of competence in the writing of English, and an ability to think through a research project.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: Dissertation Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Dr Ingrid Holme Tutor