SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 60.00
ECTS Credit Points 30.00
Module Code MMB722342
Module Leader Marion Welsh
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • S-C (May start)-A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally postgraduate diploma including completion of masters level research module.

Summary of Content

The Masters Framework Dissertation will provide the opportunity for the post-graduate student to build upon their study of research methods. In undertaking a dissertation project, the student will engage in independent and self-directed learning using established techniques of research inquiry to explore a topic of relevance/area of professional practice. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate creativity and originality and develop a practical understanding of the application of research . The Dissertation can be completed by undertaking an 'Empirical study' or a 'Structured Literature Review'.


Whilst there is no formal syllabus for the dissertation, a briefing session will be provided and workshop(s) which respond to the needs of students as required. It is expected that both full and part-time students will utilise their learning from their Programme of study to undertake empirical work or a structured review of the literature

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:- Critically utilise a range of search strategies to identify literature related to the area of interest - Critically evaluate related literature related to the area of interest- Provide a systematic critical account of either an empirical research project or structured literature review- Synthesise knowledge and theory from a range of sources - Reflect and critically comment on any procedural issues/problems which may have arisen- Evaluate the significance of the findings associated with undertaking an empirical research project or a structured literature review - Critically and creatively comment on the findings potential to contribute to the relevant areas of professional practice- Produce, in a standard format, a comprehensive focused research report which meets the aim and objective of having undertaken an empirical research project or a structured literature review

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The dissertation module is characterised by independent study, which means the student is responsible for their learning journey and resources in conducting their research project. Consequently, the teaching and learning strategy, whether on site or on line, centres on supporting and facilitating effective independent learning. In this context, an introductory briefing session will provide a forum for clarifying expectations. Academic support will be provided by a designated academic supervisor whose role is to advise and guide the post graduate student. Students are entitled to a maximum of 18 hours support from their supervisor, which may be face to face, by telephone, by e-mail or Skype or a combination thereof. In addition, on-going support will provided via bespoke workshop(s).

Indicative Reading

Bell, J. (2010) (5th Edition) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-Time Researchers in Education and Social Science. Buckingham: Open University Press. Blaxter, L. Hughes, C and Tight, M. (2010) (4 th Edition) How to Research. Buckingham: Open university Press. Bowers, D.A. (2008) (2 nd Edition) Medical Statistics from Scratch. London: Wiley. Cohen, L. (2011) Research methods in education. London: Routledge. Field, A., Miles, J., & Field, Z. (2012) Discovering Statistics using R. London: Sage. Hansen, Emily C. (2006) Successful Qualitative Health Research: A Practical Introduction. Open University Press. Holly, C., Salmond, S.W. & Saimbert, M.K. (2012). Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice. New York: Springer. Howell, D.C. (2008) (6th Edition) Fundamental Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences. London: Plus-Kent Duxbury Press. Jesson, J.K. (2011) Doing your literature review: traditional and systematic techniques. London: Sage. May, T. (2011) Social Research: issues, methods and process (4 th Ed). Maidenhead: OUP Moses, J. W. and Knutsen, T.L. (2007) Ways of Knowing: Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research. London: Palgrave. Newby, P. (2010) Research methods for education. London: Pearson. Pettigrew, M. (2006) Systematic reviews in the social sciences: a practical guide. London: Blackwell. Pop, C., Mays, N., Popay J. (2007) synthesising Qualitative and Qualitative Health Evidence: A guide to methods. Maidenhead: OUP Purtilo, R. (2011) (5th Edition) Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions. UK: Saunders. Rudestam, K. and Newton, R. (2007) (3rd Edition) Surviving your Dissertation. UK, London: Sage. Silverman, D. (2006) .(2nd Edition) Doing Qualitative Research: A practical Handbook. London: Sage. Silverman, D.(2011) (4th Edition) Interpreting Qualitative Data. London: Sage. Swetnam, D. (2009) (2 nd Edition) Writing Your Dissertation: How to Plan, Prepare and Present Your Work Successfully. UK: Plymouth Publication.

Transferrable Skills

-360b7 Work in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning, personal development and practice competence. b7 Work effectively with others. b7 Underpin professional development by integration of theory and practice. b7 Development of presentation and advanced communication skills b7 Analytical thought, creativity and innovation -359

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Tutorials (FDL) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 516.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Assessment (FDL) 60.00
Seminars (FDL) 6.00
Assessment (PT) 60.00
Tutorials (PT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 516.00
Independent Learning (PT) 516.00
Assessment (FT) 60.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 100.00 50% Empirical Study or Structured Literature Review maximum 15000 words