The purpose of this MA Dissertation module is to provide the student with the opportunity to undertake a significant and substantial learning activity and to demonstrate the ability to work independently. Students at Master's level need to use their critical and analytical skills to develop a dissertation in a relevant and appropriate topic supported empirically and theoretically through historical and current academic research.
For MA Childhood and Youth Studies students the Dissertation module builds on previous study undertaken by students and takes as its basis the theoretical knowledge acquired in research methodology, principles, values and process together with skills in the critical evaluation of published research. It provides students with an opportunity to carry out an in-depth investigation on a topic of their choice, and seeks to equip them with the skills of detailed project planning, design, analysis and critical evaluation. The module aims to provide students with an opportunity to apply the in-depth knowledge of and understanding of participant centred research methodologies and research methods appropriate for undertaking ethical research with children and people that they have gained through the Research Methods module.
Students are expected to engage in a wide but relevant literature search, to support either a literature based, primary or secondary research study. The student's application of appropriate research methods knowledge, practical and intellectual creativity, as well as the ability to analyse, discuss and write a coherent account will be further supported in this module as they develop and manage their research project. The opportunity to explore and apply critical reflexive knowledge within the research context will also be evident.