MSc Clinical Dentistry (Paediatric Dentistry) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
MSc Dissertation

Course unit fact file
Unit code DENT60020
Credit rating 60
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Available as a free choice unit? No


Each student must undertake a research project and a review of the relevant literature, methodology and results presented in the form of a dissertation.  

A list of suggested topics and supervisors will be provided.  Students are also encouraged to suggest potential topics.  As this dissertation must be completed within the time span of the programme, it is essential that the project is commenced early in the programme.  With this fact in mind, supervisors may request students to commence background reading and similar related tasks prior to the commencement of the programme.  As most of the second half of the last semester will be taken up with examinations and writing-up of the dissertation, it is recommended that the presentation cases be completed prior to the middle of the second semester.

Students are encouraged to disseminate their findings in a variety of ways:

  • Presentation at research seminars
  • Presentation at national/international meetings
  • Publication in a professional journal (often non-refereed)
  • Publication in a refereed journal

Regular meetings between each student and the academic member of staff nominated as his/her supervisor will be arranged.  These are inevitably frequent in the early stages of the project when design and preparation work demands a high intensity of work.  Each meeting should be recorded with outcomes summarised and objectives set for research to be performed prior to the next visit.


The aims of this unit are:
  • to train the student in the identification, formulation and implementation of a specific research project.
  • to give the student experience of working (researching) independently
  • to test the extent to which the student has achieved synthesis of his/her skills and knowledge via a report (dissertation) of the research topic.

Teaching and learning methods


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback forms will be completed by examiners for all elements of accredited assessment and students are encouraged to make an appointment with the Director via the Programme Administrator to discuss such feedback.

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 600

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Juliette Kendall Unit coordinator

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