Core Module Information
Module title: Dissertation Module MPH Taught/Blended

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 60.00
ECTS credit value: 30

Module code: HSC11165
Module leader: Andrew Maine
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

The master’s dissertation is a cumulation of your learning and knowledge gained from
undertaking the modules during your master’s journey to independently carry out a piece of research, either through conducting a literature review or piece of original primary
research (small scale study) or the writing of a substantial research proposal (that can potentially be taken forward for doctoral study) on a topic aligned to public health and your research interests
Module Content: Skills resources online via Moodle
• How to choose your research topic and develop an original research question (L01)
• How to choose an appropriate and feasible research design in order to answer your research question? (LO1)
• How to develop a literature search strategy (L02)
• Critical appraisal of literature using standardized tools (L02)
• How to navigate ethical and research governance issues (LO3)
• Methods of data collection/extraction (L04)
• Analysis and synthesis of data (L04)
• Writing up your project (L05)

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Formulate an appropriate research question that addresses a gap in the evidence base
L02: Critique and identify an appropriate study design method to answer the research question
L03 Search and critically appraise the literature using appropriate and rigorous methods
L04: Critically reflect on and address ethical and research governance issues, in relation to the proposed methods of data collection and analysis for the study
LO5: Critique the implications of the proposed research for public health policy, practice and/or education

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 3, ONLINE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: ONLINE
Location of delivery: ONLINE
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Janette Pow
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Project Supervision 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 580
Total Study Hours600
Expected Total Study Hours for Module600

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Dissertation 100 1-5 14/15 HOURS= 80.00, WORDS= 15000
Component 1 subtotal: 0
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 0

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
HSC11165 Dissertation MPH