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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Research Dissertation
Module Code NS5035
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Nigel Mulligan
Semester 2: Nigel Mulligan
Autumn: Gemma Kiernan
Module TeachersGemma Kiernan
Nigel Mulligan
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 30
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The dissertation module supports the student undertaking research in an area related to psychotherapy. The student will follow through all aspect of the research process from inception of a research question to dissemination through the production of the thesis

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify a psychotherapy related research question(s)
2. Select an appropriate research design to address specific research questions
3. Conduct a critical review and synthesis of research literature
4. Conduct a study using one methodology and its associated methods in depth
5. Present research findings in a readable well structured format

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture20Individual of methodology driven clusters addressing specific methodologies in depth
Lecture10Monthly supervision of up to 2 hours duration
Independent Study720Conducting research and writing thesis
Total Workload: 750

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Research question to methodological approach
Decision making and justification

Critical reviewing of literature
Selecting literature for review, using literature in the thesis

Methodologies explored
Specific quantitative and qualitative designs being used by the students

How to write a thesis
From introduction to conclusions

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Essay15000 word thesis100%
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Hart, C.: 2005, Doing your masters dissertation: Realizing your potential as a social scientist, SAGE, London; Thousand Oaks, CA,
  • Oliver, P.: 2004, Writing your thesis., Sage, London ; Thousand Oaks, CA:,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MCOUMasters in Psychotherapy

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