MSc Global Health / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Dissertation (MSc Global Health)

Course unit fact file
Unit code HCRI70000
Credit rating 60
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Humanitarian Conflict Response Institute
Available as a free choice unit? No


The overall aims of postgraduate dissertations are to:

¿ provide students with an opportunity to plan, manage and conduct a programme of research on a topic related to their programme of studies;

¿ further students’ knowledge of a relevant body of literature, and develop powers of critical reasoning;

¿ allow students to seek new research findings which add to the existing body of knowledge on a particular subject area (noting the majority of dissertations do not involve primary data collection but review or reinterpretation of materials already available);develop fully students’ knowledge of, and competence in, an appropriate range of research methods, including the development of a focal question or hypothesis, an appreciation of the research methodology and analytical techniques to be utilised, the undertaking of a specific research study, the synthesis and evaluation of findings, and a clear statement of conclusions and recommendations; ¿ develop students’ writing, presentation and bibliographic skills; and

¿ develop students’ experience of developing and managing a specific programme of work through to final submission.

In addition and complementary to those above, the aims of the dissertation are to:

• enable students to demonstrate their understanding of different theoretical perspectives and to assess critically the relevance of their application to a relevant problem;

• develop students’ ability to apply critically different analytical techniques and methods that are relevant to their dissertation topic; and

• provide the opportunity to demonstrate the capacity for independent, self- managed learning.

Learning outcomes

On completing the dissertation, students should be better equipped to:

• Conduct literature reviews and secondary research using a range of bibliographic techniques and sources, including those available through the world-wide web

• Analyze and synthesize relevant concepts and methods, and apply these to a relevant problem • Where appropriate and feasible, conduct small-scale primary research activities

• Manage their own work and learning processes in relation to a research project that can be completed in three months

• Produce a dissertation conforming to the conventions of academic writing

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Dissertation 100%

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