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Dissertation in Global Health & Social Medicine (Module)

Module description

This module is designed to teach students how to carry out a specific piece of empirical social scientific research in Global Health or Social Medicine: in this case their undergraduate dissertation.


More specifically, the module aims to:

  1. Develop students’ capacity to conduct research through critical and systematic enquiry both generic to the social sciences as a whole, and specific to global health and social medicine, and to develop their skills in research design;
  2. Give students the opportunity to investigate an area of global health or social medicine in-depth by planning and
executing a small-scale independent social research project;
  3. Develop students’ skills in the complexities of formulation of research questions, collection of data, and analysis;
  4. Develop students’ critical understanding of the processes entailed in undertaking social research in complex and contested arenas;
  5. Develop students’ ability to critically analyse and synthesise, in an extended piece of writing
involving extensive literature review, and critical evaluation of research methods, reporting and
interpreting findings;
  6. Develop students research and writing skills so they can fulfill the professional and academic roles expected of students with a Bachelor education;
  7. Provide students with a framework to enable them to critically discuss the framing of research issues by policy and the policy implications of research.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.  


In the pre-requisite Dissertation Laboratory module, students have been introduced to the process of research planning and the key steps involved in the construction of a plan of research: choosing a subject for research, formulating research questions, choosing a methodology, and undertaking ethical review. By the end of the Dissertation Laboratory module and the start of the Dissertation module, students have developed a detailed, bespoke and workable plan of research for their undergraduate dissertations.

Staff information

Dr Wei Yang

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

Not applicable

Key information

Module code 6SSHM005

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30 credits

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No