Education MEd Dissertation module (PD50206)

The module involves an in-depth consideration of a problem or question of your choosing. It is the largest piece of written work produced during your degree

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This module is the culmination of your learning during your Master's course.

This is your opportunity to explore an area of interest in depth.

This exploration may include things like:

  • primary data collection and analysis
  • secondary data analysis
  • a literature review
  • a theoretical investigation

You will build on the knowledge and skills acquired as a part of your course.

This module involves in-depth consideration of a problem or question of your choosing.

You will show your mastery of the subject matter. This will be done through planning, implementing, and reporting on a large piece of research.

You will promote a deep and critical understanding of your selected area. This will also enhance your professional knowledge and practice.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn through critically analysing theories, principles, concepts, and current issues relevant to your discipline and subject area
  • apply research techniques of inquiry. You will also critically evaluate your findings to make connections between theory and practice
  • develop your communication skills. This will be done by following a standard structure and providing an extensive and detailed account of your study.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • contribute to a professional debate and make recommendations for future practice and research

Assignments / assessment

11,000-word report (100%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

Full time on-campus

The learning and teaching will consist of:

  • in-person lectures
  • presentation workshops
  • lectures dedicated to ethics
  • one-to-one supervisor support
  • reading and completing associated tasks

For full-time students, lectures will last approx. 2.5 hours, some sessions are split over 2 days. You will be expected to attend all lectures which are held between Monday-Friday. This module also includes 3 hour presentation workshops.


The module is delivered online over 46 weeks part-time. The learning and teaching will consist of:

  • independent reading and the completion of associated research tasks
  • one-to-one supervisor support
  • live online sessions and opportunities for module-related questions

opportunities for formative assessment


This module is available on following courses: