Dissertation for Health and Social Care Professionals HEA4081


The dissertation is a key component of a masters programme and is the culmination of the student’s postgraduate study. It enables the student to focus upon a significant piece of investigative enquiry from conceptualisation through to completion. Students are encouraged to produce a rigorous dissertation that has a positive consequence for practice. Research is interpreted to include empirical research involving qualitative and/or quantitative methods, service evaluation, clinical audit or systematic review. The dissertation must be based on an aspect of practice related to the student's area of interest. The subject will be open to discussion and negotiation.

Module Code: HEA4081
Level: 7
Credits: 60
Cost: £1375 for Sept 2021 to July 2022

Who is this module for?

Students wishing to complete a Masters Programme having successfully gained 120 credits at M Level.

What are the key aims of the programme?

  • To further develop the knowledge and skills gained in previous study;
  • To conceptualise, plan, undertake, analyse and present a piece of original research or investigative inquiry in the student’s area of professional practice.

How Will I Study?

This module normally requires attendance at 5 half-day sessions. Additional sessions can be arranged with your Dissertation Supervisor. The module overall lasts 52 weeks.

What will I study?

This is an independent study with support from personal academic supervisor allocated.

There will be series of workshops and briefing sessions for all students and supervisors.

How will I be assessed?

Completion of a dissertation that should be approximately 12,000 words in length (excluding footnotes, references and appendices).

On successful completion you will:

  • Complete a piece of research or investigative enquiry related to own area of professional practice;
  • Justify the choice of methodology including selection study design and data analysis;
  • Identify the strengths, limitations and implications for future study and/or investigation;
  • Recognise the ethical considerations encountered during the course of the study demonstrating adherence to appropriate governance processes.

Study Dates and Venues

January 2022 S1A

Venue: TBC

Starts: Sat 15th Jan 2022

Session Times:
Teaching will be delivered through a blend of online and face to face sessions.
  • Saturday 15th January 2022, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 12th March 2022, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 11th June 2022, 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10th September 2022, 10am-5pm
  • Assignment submission deadline: Monday 9th January 2023, 4pm
  • Study dates and times are subject to change.

    Further Information

    Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

    We encourage you to apply as early as possible to give you the best chance to obtain a place on your preferred cohort, module applications will close as soon as the module is full. Applications received within two weeks of the start date may have to be considered for a later cohort.

    For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

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    For further information regarding this module please contact your programme lead.


    This module cannot be studied on a standalone basis. This module is a core module for the following programmes:

  • MSc Professional Clinical Practice
  • MCh Surgery
  • MClin Res Master of Clinical Research