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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SSIM907: Policy Analytics: Dissertation or Research Consultancy Project

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to:

  1. provide you with an opportunity to conduct independent research-based academic work in the area of policy analytics related to an area in which to pursue further research or their career 
  2. develop your ability to apply originality and data analysis skills alongside theory and practice to a specific research topic. This may be consultancy or workplace based. 
  3. enhance your awareness of the methodological, ethical and practical concerns of social science and data driven research.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate in depth knowledge of a specialised subject area;
2. Design an individual research programme, incorporating appropriate policy analytic methods;
3. Collate and analyse subject-specific information from a range of appropriate sources;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Assimilate and critically analyse data from an appropriate range of sources;
5. Demonstrate how research fits within policy context and the implications that the research will have for policy practitioners
Personal and Key Skills6. Develop cogent arguments;
7. Communicate complex information and ideas effectively in writing;
8. Undertake an individual research project;
9. Manage your own work.