Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ERPM004: Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits60 ECTS Value30
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (10 weeks), term 2 (10 weeks) and term 3 (10 weeks)

Academic staff

Deborah Osberg (Convenor)




ERPM000, ERPM001, ERPM002, ERPM005

Available via distance learning


Unlike the 4 taught modules in the MSc programme, the dissertation module is primarily a self-study module aided by hands-on workshops and one-to-one input from a skilled dissertation supervisor. During the course of the module you will design and/or undertake an independent research project of your own into an educational topic that is of interest to you, and produce a 15,000 word write-up of this: the dissertation. The dissertation itself  can take three different forms:


  • A self-contained small-scale enquiry
  • A full-scale PhD proposal
  • A paper in a format for publication in a specified research journal


Students who are on the MSc programme may undertake the dissertation in any of these forms. Students on the 4 Year PhD programme are required to undertake option two (the full-scale PhD proposal).

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