Skip to main content

Unit information: Dissertation in 2016/17

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

Unit name Dissertation
Unit code SOCIM1000
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Reverend. Martin Gainsborough
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, workshop and personal tuition

Assessment Information

10,000 – 15,000 word dissertation 100% of mark

Reading and References