This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Frederic Basso


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Organisational and Social Psychology, MSc in Psychology of Economic Life, 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 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.  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; 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.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

Total students 2019/20: 136

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

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