Dissertation: Empirical Research or Systematic Review (APP753)

Key features

This 60 credit dissertation module enables International and full-time students to conduct a systematic review and Home and part-time students to undertake a systematic review or an approved research project, under supervision. It provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and understanding of research methods to a subject relevant to their programme award; and to theory, policy and / or practice.

Module code




FHEQ level

Level 7 - Master's Degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at Plymouth

APP753 module details (Master's Level) 

This module aims to enable the student to demonstrate their ability to design and undertake a systematic review, or approved research project, report and present the findings, and learn further about research methodology through the process. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of research methodology and methods gained throughout the earlier stages of the programme, and thereby develop a deeper understanding of the application of research to practice.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed module APP745 - Research Methodology and Application

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the learner will be able to: 

  • Identify a relevant health or social care topic that requires investigation through research. 
  • Design a systematic review or research project based on a critical review of relevant subject and research methodology. 
  • Provide evidence of in-depth knowledge and skills in critical appraisal, data collection, data analysis and synthesis, presentation and interpretation of research findings. 
  • Critically evaluate and contextualise their research and consider the relevance to theory policy and / or professional practice ensuring that sustainability-related issues are addresses as relevant. 
  • Present a logically argued and clearly written dissertation. 

Module dates

18 November, 2 December 2021, 27 January and 16, 17 March 2022. 

Module dates may be subject to change. 

The dissertation timeframe is normally from September until the end of August. Students are expected to have made significant progress with their ethical committee application where relevant prior to the start of the dissertation process. Students will primarily work with their dissertation supervisor throughout the dissertation period. In addition, workshops provide additional support for the write-up process and opportunities for peer learning. Students will also present their work to members of the academic team and their peers towards the end of the dissertation period. 

COVID-secure module delivery

The University is adhering to government guidance relating to COVID-secure operation. For this reason, modules are being delivered in a variety of formats, with much content delivered online, either in an interactive manner (i.e. requiring participation at the allotted times), or sometimes in a passive manner (i.e. you may be able to conduct some of the study outside of the typical taught hours of 09:00–17:00).

Some sessions, particularly clinical assessments, will continue to be delivered face-to-face with appropriate risk-mitigating measures in place. Others may allow you the option of attending face-to-face or synchronously engaging online with peers who attend face-to-face.

When you receive confirmation of your enrolment on a module, you will be granted access to our Digital Learning Environment (DLE or Moodle). You should access this prior to the start of your module to determine the teaching format of the module’s sessions.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

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