The aim of this dissertation is to engage students in supervised but independent work at an advanced level. This will be comprised of an empirical project.
Students will be encouraged to integrate and practice the skills acquired during the course and to investigate in depth at Masters level an area of specific interest to them. Additionally students will be expected to demonstrate a critical and evaluative understanding of the research process including the ethics, issues and problems in empirical research within health psychology.
The module will be assessed by two pieces of coursework. The first is an online journal, recording and reflecting on dissertation progress and problem-solving. This journal is to be shared with the two supervisors and the module leader. The second piece of coursework is a manuscript reporting the empirical study, in the format required for submission to a relevant peer reviewed journal in health psychology or a related field.
The intended learning outcomes are that on completion of this module the student should be able to:
- Critically evaluate a specified area of health psychology literature.
- Carry out and report a substantial piece of empirical research in the field of health psychology whilst working within appropriate ethical, resource, ability and time boundaries.
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of and critically evaluate the contribution and relevance of health psychological theory and method as applied to a specific applied setting.
- Demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Working within ethical guidelines, independently to deadlines and demonstrating initiative and an advanced level of skill in planning, problem-solving, information gathering and investigation.
- Structure and present information in a manner appropriate to communicate with other psychology professionals
- Keep an online journal recording and reflecting on dissertation progress and problem-solving. The journal is to be shared with both supervisors and the module leader.
There are no scheduled classes. Sessions to support your work on this dissertation module will be provided in M146PY Advancing professional practice in health psychology. Your work on this empirical dissertation module should include meetings with your supervisory team to be arranged at mutually convenient times.