Dissertation in Psychology

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

Applicants undertaking the MSc in Health Psychology or MSc in Sports and Exercise Psychology must have at least a lower second class Honours degree or international equivalent in a relevant discipline.

This course is offered at Masters level and is delivered at our Frenchay Campus.

Course content:

  • Specialist area of study within psychology selected by you with the advice of a supervisor with expertise in psychological research methods and/or health research, sports and exercise research, or counselling/psychotherapy research, dependent upon programme registered for
  • Research methods advice appropriate to the selected area of study
  • Understanding and adhering to relevant ethical codes of conduct
  • Understanding and adhering to best practice for communicating research.


You will be expected to attend around 8 hours of dissertation workshops and spend around one day per week completing your research and dissertation portfolio. You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor and supervision will be on an individual basis. A programme of regular supervision sessions (minimum of eight) will be planned with you. Once the research question and protocol are established a research timetable will be agreed with you.

A programme of dissertation workshops will be offered in particular aspects of the research process, including applying for University Ethics approval, approaches, data analysis and research communication, as appropriate.

You will be expected to carry out a literature review in your chosen research area, to read widely in this area, to plan and design an appropriate research project, to obtain ethical approval for your research, to undertake your research (in keeping with relevant ethical codes of conduct) and to communicate your research in the form of a presentation and a written dissertation.

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