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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

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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 APP758 – Advanced concepts in research: methodology and methods (or equivalent)

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

16, 30 November 2023, 25 January and 13, 14 March 2024.
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. 

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
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