Academic and Research Skills MACYS (883X4SW)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

All year

This module provides a structured induction into a wide range of essential academic and research skills. You gain conceptual and practical experience in reading, analysing, designing and undertaking research throughout the module, culminating in the major project undertaken at the end of the course. Theory and practice are linked throughout, with sessions covering:

  • the conventions of academic referencing approaches to reviewing the academic literature
  • writing a research proposal
  • different methodological positions
  • specific research methods and research ethics.

The module aims to ensure a thorough understanding of the academic and research skills needed to undertake all aspects of the MA Childhood and Youth Studies course and there are opportunities to discuss the requirements of each assignment in depth.

Throughout the year there is an emphasis on collaborative group work, exchanging ideas, presenting work in progress and supporting each other through the different phases of writing and reading.

The course therefore provides a supportive framework within which you are encouraged to develop critical and reflexive understandings of your roles as both consumers and producers of research.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 66 hours of contact time and about 534 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.