Dissertation - Ma Refugee Care

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
27 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA C89812 Refugee Care,
MA C89824 Refugee Care,
MA C898MO Refugee Care

Module description

Our MA Refugee Care course equips students to introduce a therapeutic dimension and a psychosocial perspective to their work with refugees (this term is used here to include asylum seekers). The dissertation enables students to contribute to the field of Refugee Care through the opportunity to conduct an extended piece of conceptual thinking and research.

Module Description
Throughout the course students pursue a research project based on a subject of their choice. They will draw on the theory and the practical experiences gained through other course modules and apply these to a subject of their choice of relevance to the field of Refugee Care. Further details about the structure and content of the Dissertation can be found below.

There will be an introductory session to help with choosing the project, followed by group sessions on basic research skills concerned with getting started and discussion about what makes a dissertation, how to develop a good research question and where to find the best resources. Students will share dissertation proposal ideas through presentations to tutors and their peer group. After these presentations, each student will be assigned a supervisor and may arrange at least two supervision meetings with a named member of staff to monitor progress and offer support. While developing proposals into dissertations, students may attend further group sessions focused to help critically evaluate resources and emerging ideas and evidence.

Module aims

The module enables you to:
• demonstrate intellectual independence and originality by choosing your own subject of study and defining its nature and scope.
• experience the process of producing knowledge and conducting independent enquiry in a specific area of interest to them.
• consolidate your written communication and intellectual skills by presenting the results of your research in a clearly written, cogently argued, logically. structured and properly referenced.
• pull together the learning and experiences from the course and apply them to a topic of your choice.
• develop greater confidence in the flexible application of psychodynamic understanding.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate:
• Deeper awareness of the theoretical application and relevance of psychosocial perspectives into areas of interest within Refugee Care
• Better capacity to apply learning flexibly
• Knowledge of basic research skills such as literature searches and construction of longer and deeper argument
• Knowledge and application of critical analysis in research
• Greater capacity for independent learning

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

All MA Refugee Care modules prepare students for dissertation research and writing. Feedback given to students on the Refugee Care formative essay and on other essays may also inform writing for the dissertation. Our Tuesday lunchtime group discussion sessions held to support dissertation writing are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate and respond to the questions and research interests of students within the group. Sessions will be led by Course Supervisors Zibiah Alfred Loakthar and Renos Papadopoulos. Former Refugee Care students may also be invited to share their experiences of writing dissertations but also of the relationship between dissertations and their current work in the field.


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
Prof Renos Papadopoulos, email:
Renos Papadopoulos
Student Administrator 5A.202; Tel: 01206 873745; Email:



External examiner

Dr Irene Bruna Seu
Birkbeck University of London
Reader in Psychosocial Studies
Available via Moodle
Of 34 hours, 34 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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