MA Dissertation

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
21 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA C89312 Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies,
MA C89324 Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies,
MA C893MO Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies,
MA C8N212 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N224 Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C8N2MO Management and Organisational Dynamics,
MA C89012 Psychoanalytic Studies,
MA C89024 Psychoanalytic Studies,
MA C890MO Psychoanalytic Studies,
MPHDC89048 Psychoanalytic Studies,
PHD C89048 Psychoanalytic Studies

Module description

The dissertation is an important part of your studies. It is an intellectual journey in which you can apply the knowledge you have gained, use it in a creative way and deepen your understanding of themes that you are interested in. This handbook is designed to give you guidance on this endeavour.

In many ways this is the culmination of your MA, but you should also start work on this from the beginning. Here is an opportunity to devote time and energy, in a supported environment, to demonstrate something significant about your insight and understanding.

The dissertation is a unique piece of work. It does, however, take time, discipline and patience. It requires careful planning and organisation and you must balance between the ideal and what is practical given the time and resources available.

The Research Module PA915 acts as a precursor to the dissertation, giving you valuable information on the research process, and dissertation writing skills. We also recommend that you attend the Research Forums, and the Open Seminars, all of which enable you to encounter other people's research work.

You should discuss your initial ideas for a dissertation focus, aims and objectives with your tutor and your peers. Give yourself substantial time to think about this. Consider aspects of the course that have particularly interested you. Consider what kind of balance you want to make between empirical and conceptual research, and between psychoanalytic, psychosocial, analytical psychological, psychodynamic and other approaches.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should have:
• Undertaken a substantial research enquiry in the respective fields of your specific MA programme
• Conceived of appropriate research aims, objectives and methods to support the enquiry.
• Engaged in a substantial critical and independent analysis of literature relevant to the enquiry.
• Designed and implemented appropriate empirical and/ or theoretical research methods.
• Analysed data emerging from the research.
• Interrogated and reflected on the research process
• Presented research work in a clear, readable, and accurate manner.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching environment is facilitated through one-to-one contact between supervisor and supervisee.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Formative essay    0% 
Coursework   Dissertation Proposal    0% 
Coursework   MA Dissertation    100% 

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Kevin Lu, email:
Dr Leonardo Niro Nascimento, email:
Mr Chris Tanner, email:
Student Administrator 5A.202; Tel: 01206 873745; Email:



External examiner

Dr Lucy Huskinson
Bangor University
Senior Lecturer / Head of School
Dr Annette Clancy
UCD College of Business
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Management
Dr Annette Clancy
UCD College of Art History & Cultural Policy
Assistant Professor of Management
Dr Noreen Giffney
Ulster University, Jordanstown Campus, Northern Ireland
Lecturer in Counselling
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


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