This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Alex Gillespie STC.308


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Health, Community and Development, MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology, MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology and MSc in Social and Public Communication. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The dissertation is an empirical investigation, carried out on the student's own initiative, under the supervision of a member of staff. Research topics and methodologies vary considerably, but they must relate to the student’s MSc Programme. All dissertation topics will need to be approved by a supervisor who is a faculty member of the Institute of Social Psychology. Topic selection and supervision Towards the end of the Michaelmas Term students will be introduced to the Dissertation module and members of staff will outline the research areas in which they would be willing to supervise projects. In the first instance students should approach the member of staff whom they think is most appropriate to supervise the research they have in mind. Students then submit a Dissertation Plan, outlining their project, and the supervisor who they have discussed the project with. Students are then allocated to supervisors. The supervisor will advise the student, help provide information and bibliography, and identify likely problems with the research proposed.

Formative coursework

Students will receive formative feedback from their supervisor on the following coursework (1,000 words): 1) A Dissertation Plan 2) A Dissertation Progress Report


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) post-summer term.

Key facts

Department: Social Psychology

Total students 2012/13: 137

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills