MSc Advanced Professional Practice research dissertation (masters level) (ADV716 / ADV716Z)

Key features

This 60 credit dissertation module will enable you to undertake a dissertation project appropriate to your chosen pathway. You will design, undertake and report on your research project and through this process deepen your understanding of the process of research and link theory to practice in your chosen area.

The module is a core module for all pathways of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice programme within the School of Health Professions.

Module code

ADV716 / ADV716Z



FHEQ level

Level 7 – masters degree


Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at InterCity Place, Plymouth or via distance learning

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Course details

 By the end of this module you will present a dissertation showing that you can: 
  • design and conduct an individual piece of research in the context of an evaluation of contemporary literature in an appropriate area to your chosen award
  • identify and critically discuss ethical issues for your chosen area
  • critically justify the selection of appropriate methodology and data analysis techniques
  • interpret and critically discuss research findings in the context of contemporary literature, policy and practice in your chosen area.
You will be given the opportunity to present your dissertation to your peers and tutor for feedback as a formative assessment.
The summative assessment for this module is a 12-15,000 dissertation report.

Module dates

11 January, 15 March, 10 May, 23, 29 June and 19 July 2023. 
(Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit).
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers. In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers – for further information please contact the Professional Development Unit. 

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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Research dissertation – distance learning (ADV716Z)

It is also possible to undertake this module via distance learning. Module content is the same as the taught version but will be delivered by webinars, interactive teaching resources, Skype tutorials and other digital learning tools.

12 January, 16 March, 11 May, 23, 24 June and 20 July 2022.

For further information on the distance learning module please contact the Professional Development Unit or module lead.

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Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this module:

  • you must have completed 120 credits in modules linked to any of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice pathways within the School of Health Professions, including the core modules 

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees and funding


Please see our professional development module fees page.


Funding for this module may be available through your employing trust. To apply please contact your Trust’s Educational Co-ordinator who will guide you through the application process.

If you work in the private, independent and voluntary sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.