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 2019 to July 2020

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.

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

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.

If you have any other queries about studying with us, please see the FAQs www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd/faqs.

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
  • MHealth Res Master of Health Research
  • MClin Res Master of Clinical Research