Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: Health [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 60 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • Successful completion of the 120 credit points required for the Postgraduate Diploma in the student's chosen programme stream


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • <If other modules, please enter module code using 'Right Click, Insert module_code' or enter module title>


  • The aim of this module is to:
  • Provide students with deeper subject-specific and interdisciplinary knowledge to prepare them for progression to relevant careers in their chosen field
  • Develop the capacity of students to plan and manage their own learning by undertaking research on an appropriate topic in their chosen programme stream.


  • The subject content is dependent upon the topic chosen for research which must be authorised by the Chair of the School for Health Board of Studies or his/her delegate.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • A critical awareness of current issues across health and related fields relevant to the topic
  • An advanced knowledge of the literature relevant to the chosen topic
  • Advanced knowledge the topic itself as informed by personal research findings
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Operating independently and/or collaboratively on a research topic and exercising appropriate judgement in the selection of material;
  • Conducting literature searches and obtaining relevant data to facilitate empirical investigation;
  • Organising, structuring and managing a research project at an advanced level, including undertaking critical appraisal of relevant literature, and applying critical judgement and discrimination.
Key Skills:
  • The ability to think critically and creatively and to argue coherently;
  • The capacity for sustained independent work and learning at an advanced level and the ability to learn through reflection on practice and experience;
  • The capacity for sustained interprofessional learning and work at an advanced level and the ability to learn through reflection on practice and experience
  • The ability to think independently, including problem-solving ability and the ability to discriminate and use judgement;
  • The ability to organise data, abstract meaning from information and share knowledge at an advanced level;
  • The ability to communicate effectively across specialised subject and professional areas;
  • Enhanced personal effectiveness: advanced skills of self-awareness, time management including working to deadlines, sensitivity to diversity in people and different situations and the ability to sustain learning;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate advanced numerical techniques (if relevant to the topic);
  • Enhanced ability to make effective use of Communication and Information Technology;
  • The ability to work effectively in inter-professional and inter agency contexts and to critically assess the relevance and validity of others’ views, contributions to care planning and service delivery.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Self learning under supervision focuses student knowledge more deeply through the undertaking of a research topic of special interest to themselves with specific relevance to their field of study

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Regular agreed contact Approximately 10 contacts A minimum of three weeks apart max 2 hrs 20

Summative Assessment

Component: Dissertation Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
dissertation 10000 words max 100% resubmission

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment comprises the supervisor's written comments on draft chapters

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University