Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Up to 20 x 30 min tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Academic Report  Academic report (including a Journal style article (submission should meet the journal specific requirements approx.3000-4000 words) and a 3000 words Literature review).  85%
Semester Assessment Oral presentation  15%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Identify and refine, through an in-depth review of literature, the research question and the most appropriate research methodology to address it.

Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the ethical issues related to working with human participants.

Undertake independent data collection using the appropriate qualitative or quantitative methodology.

Analyse the data using appropriate statistical or analytical techniques.

Interpret and discuss the research findings in light of other relevant literature.

Place their findings in the context of Exercise and Health Research.

Produce a journal-style written report.

Brief description

The research dissertation for the MSc in Exercise and Health Research is an independent study on a topic of deep personal interest to the student. Students will specialize in the use of specific qualitative and/or quantitative techniques to address the research question. The project may be discipline-specific (e.g., physiology or psychology) but need not be so. However, the research question itself must be of relevance to Exercise and Health.


Indicative content includes:

Students are assigned a dissertation supervisor as part of the Research Design (SS49020) module that precedes it. Formal contact is then maintained through individual tutorials as the project progresses.


Completion of a dissertation/thesis is a common element of a Master’s degree exercise and health should be the central focus of the dissertation.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Data analysis and interpretation.
Communication Written report and oral presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent study.
Information Technology Data analysis and report construction requires the use of multiple IT packages.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving Implicit in the process of conceptualizing and conducting a research project.
Research skills Exposure to the research process from initial design to assessment submission is the primary aim of the module.
Subject Specific Skills Data collection and analysis in subject specific contexts.
Team work


This module is at CQFW Level 7