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Unit information: Dissertation in 2021/22

Unit name Dissertation
Unit code SOCIM1000
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Okyere
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

The dissertation is an extended piece of written work that provides an opportunity to identify and investigate a particular question and explore it systematically.


A dissertation aims to develop independent critical thought on a research topic. The broad educational purpose of the dissertation is to encourage students to utilise a wide range of methodological options, to research the literature on a specialism within a discipline, and to develop, with the help of a Dissertation Supervisor, an original angle on a topic of social scientific interest which he or she has elected to pursue.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • identified a clear, central research question,
  • adopted an appropriate organizational structure and research methods to address this question
  • engaged at a theoretical level with relevant approaches within your study
  • shown how your work fits with the existing literature for your research area.
  • identified relevant outcomes by way of summary, discussion and conclusion
  • convey your research to an academic readership, in a clear, well-written grammatically-correct style, and conforming to the conventions of academic presentation.
  • shown evidence of independent critical thinking

Teaching Information

Lecture, online resources and personal tuition

Assessment Information

15% - dissertation proposal (1500 words) in the style of a research proposal outlining the purpose and direction of the dissertation, why is it important and how is the research to be carried out (ILOs 1,2 and 4)

85% - 10,000 - 15,000 word dissertation (all ILOs)

Support will be provided for both submissions as part of the supervision process, with guidelines provided by the supervisor.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.