The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
19 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B161MO Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice,
MSC B16EMO Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging,
MSC B164MO Musculoskeletal Practice,
MSC B166MO Advanced Musculoskeletal Assessment and Practice (Hand Therapy),
MSC B1E6MO International Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Module description

Dissertations offer the opportunity for in-depth study and analysis of a topic relevant to your Masters degree programme. They may take one of three general forms:
1. The collection and analysis of new data through primary research using quantitative and/or qualitative methods, or as part of a service evaluation or audit
2. New analysis of existing quantitative or qualitative data, i.e. secondary data analysis
3. An extended literature review, synthesis and in-depth analysis of a relevant policy or practice issue i.e. a library-based study

The topic of your dissertation must relate to the subject of your degree programme. The appropriate content and weighting of each component of your dissertation will vary depending on the type of dissertation you choose.

Module aims

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the research process and an ability to plan, implement and analyse a project relevant to their area of study.

Module learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a good understanding of the area of study.
2. Be able to conduct a literature search.
3. Be able to conduct a thematic analysis of material accessed following the literature search.
4. Show awareness of ethical considerations.
5. Produce an appropriate methodology for the study undertaken (if appropriate).
6. Be able to analyse data generated by the study (if appropriate).
7. Draw conclusions and make recommendations for practice.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Dissertation workshops are held throughout the academic year which will help students to select a topic for their dissertation and provide guidance on writing up their research. All students are allocated a dissertation supervisor appropriate for their topic and/or selected methods.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Dissertation - January 2024 starters     
Coursework   Dissertation - April 24 starters     
Coursework   Dissertation - October 2023 starters    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Jo Jackson, email:
From MSK/Physiotherapy teams
SRES School Office SRES School Office (



External examiner

Mr Myles Butler
Sheffield Hallam University
Senior Lecturer Team Lead
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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