The dissertation is an empirical study of psychological nature (10,000 words)
Aim is to provide students with a learning experience in undertaking empirical research in
psychological area of inquiry
Dissertation process:
1. Research proposal: to be completed and submitted Monday 27th November 2017
 Brief description of the area you are interested in
 Your preferred methodology
 Area of psychology in which you would like to further your interest
 Familiarise yourself with key literature that will enable you to ask good empirical
 You need to access articles on Hyde and other textbooks in order to inform your
understanding and knowledge
 Finding a research supervisor
 Research supervisory relationship: will help you a lot, able to guide you into learning
more about your area as well as how to conduct research into your area of interest
 Guidelines for writing a good proposal
o Clear research question
o Clear rationale for this study-based on literature
o Mention on knowledge of previous literature
o State methodology you are using
o How you going to analyse the data
Ethical considerations: you should not engage in research that is highly sensitive or that required the
recruitment of vulnerable participants e.g. exploring the impact of sexual abuse: survivor perspective
Any queries regarding ethics: Dr Katya De Giovanni -Faculty of ethical xi haga
Decide area od study, identify potential supervisor, meet up, secure commitment and complete the
research proposal
Photocopy everything
Research proposal forms are reviewed by members of staff
If you decide to make any changes, after your proposal has been accepted, contact martha sant
2. UREC ethics committee
 you can only apply for clearance after research proposal has been accepted
 show supervisor that you have ethical clearance
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