Dissertation (research project)

Key information

Start date: 05 May 2021

Attendance dates:

May 2021: 05
January 2022: 26
June 2022: 01
September 2022: 05


Distance learning / Kate Granger Building, 30 Priestley Road, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7YH

Some modules may be taught at: Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

The aim of this module is to undertake a piece of research within an area of interest, adhering to the research process and producing a dissertation to meet university requirements

Please note: this module is only available to students enrolled on one of our CPD postgraduate courses.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Formulate a research question, produce a research proposal whilst considering ethical implications and seek favourable ethical approval, as appropriate.
  • Critically evaluate relevant literature and have an understanding of research and policy context for the particular project.
  • Conduct a research project under supervision demonstrating a high level of understanding of the research processes involved.
  • Collect and analyse data utilising appropriate methodologies.
  • Critically discuss findings and their implications for practice, research and education.


Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Induction
  • Peer review workshops
  • Ethics and literature review workshop
  • Data collection workshop
  • Data analysis workshop. 

Learning and teaching methods

For the 2020/21 curriculum our CPD modules will be delivered using hybrid learning. This means that depending on the subject and content of learning and teaching, modules may be delivered solely online or via a combination of face to face and online delivery, however for all programmes face to face contact time will be reduced, as per Government guidelines and to ensure the reduction of risk for all. Further information can be sought from the course leader (see below).


A 15,000 word dissertation - 100 per cent of the module marks.

Reading list

Take a look at the module reading list.

Entry requirements

You must be enrolled on and near the completion of, one of our CPD postgraduate courses


Fees and funding


How to apply

Please download the dissertation enrolment form (PDF), this must be approved and signed by your respective director of studies. 

Students who are paying per module must also submit a CPD application form (PDF)

It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.

Send your completed application back to us at the address or email included on the form.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

Cancellation policy

If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

Module availability

Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to module content) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the module. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a module with us. Read more.