CPD/Short Course

Dissertation (Masters)

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Course details table
Date: TBC
Location: Ipswich
Cost: Students on this programme are typically funded by Health Education England.


The MA dissertation provides an opportunity to extend the research base of the students' field of practice. The dissertation will allow students to demonstrate a critical and constructive awareness of their professional practice from the wider philosophical, theoretical and social contexts within which health and social care operates.  The dissertation will enable students to reflect their individual interests and to demonstrate some originality of thought and analytical creativity in the study of their chosen area. The application of practical, intellectual and problem solving skills will facilitate the development of an in depth understanding of a research topic. The dissertation will also provide a mechanism for the continuing development of autonomy and self-direction

  • To enable the students to demonstrate mastery of a subject relevant to their own practice through the process of research.

  • To facilitate the students to execute the stages of the research process.

  • To enable students to critically evaluate the impact of research on own professional practice, policy and further research.

  • To provide the opportunity for the student to make a contribution to the body of knowledge and research within their own profession.

Following successful completion of the dissertation, the students will have:

  • Planned and executed a research project relevant to their field of practice.

  • Recognised their ethical responsibilities in undertaking their chosen research topic.

  • Demonstrated evidence of critical analysis and discussion of relevant literature and comparisons of theoretical approaches and methodologies (where appropriate).

  • Discussed the wider implications of the research findings to their field of practice. 

  • Drawn conclusions which have been derived from the data obtained and discussed the reliability and validity of their findings.

  • Demonstrated an understanding of the theoretical significance of the research undertaken.


Students on this programme are typically funded by Health Education England, if you aren’t, please get in touch.

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