This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Frederic Basso QUE.3.14


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology, MSc in Psychology of Economic Life and MSc in Social and Public Communication. This course is available on the MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The dissertation is an empirical investigation, carried out by the student, 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 Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. By 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 keen to supervise projects. In the first instance students should approach the member of staff whom they would like to be supervised by. 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 provide feedback on the research.


10 hours of seminars in the LT. 7 hours of seminars in the ST.

Students will be supervised primarily in group laboratory meetings/seminars (15 hours); individual support will also be available as appropriate and necessary.

All students should attend all components timetabled as part of PB411

Formative coursework

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


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

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 28.4
Merit 58.3
Pass 11
Fail 2.3

Key facts

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

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