ACP Research Dissertation (939C8)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring and summer teaching

The Research Dissertation is your opportunity to gain first-hand experience of carrying out a substantial piece of original empirical research or literature review, typically under the supervision of a member of the department.

The Research Dissertation involves you designing, conducting, analysing (for empirical projects) and writing up a piece of empirical research or literature review. There is also the opportunity to use secondary data and large datasets to answer research questions. As part of this, you will solve a range of the practical, methodological, conceptual and ethical problems that are typical within the research process.


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 10 hours of contact time and about 590 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 2024/25. 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.