Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3076: Research Design for Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (7 weeks), term 2 (7 weeks) and term 3 (11 weeks)

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Available via distance learning


This module provides you with a foundation from which to undertake a Masters level dissertation. You will be taught through a combination of seminars, peer review sessions and individual meetings with your supervisor. Through these taught sessions you will develop a research proposal and literature review that will form the basis for the dissertation in the fourth year of your degree. Seminars will acquaint you with the fundamental aspects of developing a research proposal, including identifying a viable topic, generating a research question, working out your conceptual framework and methodological approach, undertaking a literature review and articulating the significance of your research to a non-academic audience. This is a requisite module for students undertaking the integrated Masters Politics and International Relations. It is not available to students who are enrolled on other undergraduate degrees.

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