Dissertation (SW4037) Short Course

Dissertation (SW4037) Short Course
This module provides each student with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth, critical exploration and analysis of an area of substantive interest appropriate for their programme of study.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Usually one to two years.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

Candidates must have successfully completed a relevant Postgraduate Diploma to undertake the MA Professional Development and Practice Dissertation module.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module provides each student with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth, critical exploration and analysis of an area of substantive interest appropriate for their programme of study.

Each student will identify a desk-based or empirical research project which is associated with their programme of study and which will be subject to approval from their supervisor and (where appropriate) the School Ethics Committee.

60 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Proposal and Dissertation (total 15,500 words)

Academic Expertise

Phil O’Hare, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

Assessment Methods

The method of assessment for this module has been designed to test all the learning outcomes. Students must demonstrate successful achievement of these learning outcomes to pass the module. Only summative assessment should be included.


Number of Assessments


Form of Assessment


% weighting


Size of Assessment/Duration/Wordcount

Category of assessment

Learning Outcomes being assessed 

 1. Research proposal 10  Maximum 500 words Coursework 1-2
 2. Dissertation 90  15,000 words Exam 1-4

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate their critical and comprehensive understanding of key issues associated with the production of ethical and technically competent research projects.

2. Demonstrate their capacity to design, develop and complete a desk-based or empirical research project, which explores research, policy or practice associated with their substantive area of interest.

3. Produce a logical, coherent dissertation that clearly demonstrates their capacity for independent thought and the application of high level analytic and organisational skills.

4. Consider critically the extent to which service users and carers contribute to research and policy and/or practice associated with their substantive area of interest.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


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Progression Routes

This module can only be completed under the School of Social Work, Care and Community's Centre for CPD MA Professional Development and Practice.

For full details on the Centre for CPD's offering please visit


Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

£2175 for 2018/19 (60 credits)

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408


About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361