Social Policy (Research) - Dissertation
This information is for the 2017/18 session.
Dr Tania Burchardt 32L 3.30
This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Policy (Research). This course is not available as an outside option.
The purpose is to allow students to apply the research design, methods and critical analysis skills they are acquiring through other courses to carry out their own study addressing a social policy research question. The expectation is that empirical work will be undertaken - for example interviews or secondary data analysis - as part of the study, although the precise design will be governed by the research question. Students may opt to carry out their dissertation through a placement in another organisation such as an NGO working on social policy issues, which we can help to facilitate.
1 hour of help sessions in the MT. 1 hour of help sessions in the LT. 1 hour of help sessions in the ST.
An appropriate supervisor will be appointed in the first half of Michaelmas Term to meet regularly, advise each student throughout the dissertation process, and to provide feedback on ideas and draft material. The number and content of meetings will be determined by agreement between the student and supervisor, but as a rough guide, students might expect two half-hour meetings each term.
Students will also receive guidance through compulsory course MY400 Fundamentals of Research Design.
Students will be expected to produce 1 piece of coursework in the ST.
The student and his/her supervisor will discuss the content and timing of formative work as appropriate to the individual dissertation.
Robson, C (2011) Real World Research
Bryman, A (2012) Social Research Methods
Dissertation (100%, 10000 words).
The dissertation must not exceed 10,000 words. Please see departmental webpage for further guidance.
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2016/17: 13
Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable
Controlled access 2016/17: No
Value: One Unit
Personal development skills
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills