module specification

SS8P75 - Thesis (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Thesis
Module level Doctoral (08)
Credit rating for module 360
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 3600
200 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
3100 hours Guided independent study
300 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   50,000 thesis
Running in 2021/22

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Not applicable -

Module summary

This module involves the submission of a 50,000 word research thesis over a minimum of a 2 year period.

Prior learning requirements

The following are pre-requisites SS8069, SS8070, SS8071, SS8072, SS8073, SS8136


This module is based on the research student receiving regular
supervision by their designated supervisors to complete a 50,000 word thesis. There will be preparatory activities related to the thesis built in to all the pre-requisite modules for the course.  LO1-3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module is primarily based on independent study by the student and regular supervision of the research student offered by their supervisors. The student will be provided with periodic reviews of their data collection, analysis and writing progress. Formal university research meetings will confirm student progress at regular points during the process.

Learning outcomes

As a result of this module, students will be able to:

1. To identify and refine a research question for suitable for enquiry at Dprof level
2. Carry out academic research to a Dprof level
3. Produce and successful defend at a viva voce an academic thesis at the level of Dprof

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed through the production of a 50,000 word thesis on a topic agreed between the student and supervisor, which will be peer reviewed through a viva voca. Progress is reviewed every six months through the RD2 process, with final submission after two years of study


Core Text

Oliver, P., 2014. Writing your thesis, 3rd edition. ed. Sage, Los Angeles.

Other Texts

Becker, H.S., 1998 Tricks of the trade: how to think about your research while you’re doing it. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Ill.

Carter, S., Kelly, F., Brailsford, I., 2012. Structuring your research thesis. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Eco, U., Mongiat Farina, C., Farina, G., 2015. How to write a thesis. MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Gruba, P., Zobel, J., 2017. How to write your first thesis. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

Guccione, K., Wellington, J.J., 2017. Taking control of writing your thesis: a guide to get you to the end. Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London.

O’Collins, G., 2011. A short guide to writing a thesis: what to do and what not to do. ATF Press, Hindmarsh, Australia.

Remenyi, D., Bannister, F., 2013. Writing up your research for a dissertation or thesis, 2nd ed. ed. Academic Conferences and Publishing International, Reading.