The project is a 60 credit module. It should be 8,000-10,000 words long. This word count includes data and quotations in the main text; however, it does not include appendices, which may contain additional data.
You will demonstrate your ability to write and research independently in the project.
The project should generally contain the following elements, although the relevance to any particular project will vary:
An abstract of no more than 250 words.
A title and contents page.
An introduction to the study, outlining its main aims and the issues addressed and the rationale / context for the study of approximately 800 words.
A review of the literature central to the area studied of approximately 2,000-2,500 words.
A discussion of the methods of investigation used, indicating reasons for their selection, appropriateness to and effectiveness for the study of approximately 2,000-2,500 words.
A presentation of the main findings from the data collected discussed in relation to research and theories (confirmatory and critical) relevant to the topic as identified in the literature review and in relation to the particular aims of the project. Approximately 2,500-3,000 words
Conclusions. These may include a discussion of alternative strategies that could have been adopted and/or implications for further work. Students should comment on how the project has furthered professional development. Approximately 800 words
Acknowledgements, and at the end of the dissertation, any appendices and a reference section.
N.B. The word limits for each section are for guidance and may vary between projects.
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