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Submissions from 2016

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Investigating the Role of Alternative Education Provision in Supporting Pathways out of Crime for Young People., Bronagh Fagan

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An Exploration of the Factors That Support Improved Pro-Social Outcomes for Young People in Detention: Social Care Practitioners' Perspectives., Emer Loughrey

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Cop Culture: The Impact of Confrontation on the Working Personality of Frontline Gardai, Paul Williams

Submissions from 2015

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Simplifying the Complexity of Supplementary Pensions: Suggestions for Member-Centred Reforms, Mary Broderick

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Ex-Prisoners’ Perspectives on Prison Drug Treatment in Ireland, John M. Duggan

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Re-engaging with Education as an Older Mature Student: Their Challenges, Their Achievements, Their Stories., Helen Graham

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Just Jocking? An Exploration of how 10-12 year old Children Experience an Equine Assisted Learning Programme, in a DEIS School, in Limerick city., Kate Bronwyn Jones

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An Exploration of the Perspectives of Young Males with Regard to their Experience of non-Heterosexual Sexuality Transitions and the Potential Influences on this Transition within an Irish Context, Caroline Kelly

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An Exploration of the Role of Pre-School Breakfast Clubs in Supporting Early Childhood Development and Building Parent-Practitioner Relationships, Eilis Lothian

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Assessment in the Early Years: The Perspectives and Practices of Early Childhood Educators, Anna May Navarrete

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An Exploratory Study of the Role an Equine- Assisted Learning Programme plays in Diverting Young People from Criminal Pathways, Francisca O'Kelly

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Documentation within the Anti-­‐Bias Approach: A Case Study Exploring Family and Practitioners’ Perceptions and Experiences, Stephanie Nicole Sagmoen Siqueira

Submissions from 2014

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An Investigation of Youth Participation in an Irish Youth Mental Health Service: Staff and Young People’s Perspectives., James Barry

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Policing the Police: How is the Operation of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Perceived by Frontline Members of An Garda Síochána?, Noel Barry

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From Institution to Integration: The Perspectives and Experiences of Disability Sector Staff in the Transition to New Directions., Derek Bryan

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A study of Serious Violent and Sexual Offenders Released on Supervised Licence in Northern Ireland between 2010 and 2013., Alexandra Delimata

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An Exploration of the Experiences of Individuals Caring for a Family Member and the Impact this Caregiving Role has on their Lives., Tara Duigenan

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Including Children with Disabilities in Mainstream Education: An Exploration of the Challenges and Considerations for Parents and Primary School Teachers, Gail Ferguson

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It’s in the Mix. An Exploratory Study into the Experiences of Children, Parents and Staff in the Provision of a Mixed Age Group Model in a West Dublin Early Years’ Setting., Helena Goodwin

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“If they Fail that First Year, it’s very Hard for them to Recover”: An Exploration of Factors that Support and Hinder the Transition to Mainstream School for Children with Special Educational Needs and their Families., Fiona Hassett

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Experiences and Perspectives of Practitioners in Culturally Diverse Early Childhood Education and Care Centres in Ireland, Ana Janelidze

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An Exploration of Volunteer Experiences for Third Level Students in Ireland from a Student Volunteer and Volunteer Manager Perspective., Caitriona McGrattan

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The Garda Youth Crime Case Management Programme – A Garda perspective on the role and the relationship dynamics involved when managing cases of high-risk young offenders appearing before the Children Court., Jonathan O'Brien

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Children’s Voices in Exploring Their Interests Using Different Media, Czarecah Oropilla

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Children’s Right to be Heard: Exploring Children’s Perceptions of Happiness and Factors Contributing to Happiness in the Pre-School Environment., Donna Tobin

Submissions from 2013

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Feeling a Sense of Belonging in the Early Childhood Centre: An Exploration into a Community of Practice, Antje Bitterberg

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Booklet of Selected Theses from the MA in Criminology, MA in Law, MA in Child, Family and Community Studies, and the International Masters in Early Childhood Education, 2010-2012, Matt Bowden, Carmel Gallagher, and Kevin Lalor

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Study of the Potential of Educational Transfer from Grandchild to Grandparent, from the Child‟s Perspective and Agency, in a School Environment, Ken King

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Advocates of the Peace, A Qualitative Study of Former Politically Motivated Female Prisoners and Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland, Mary McCourt

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Policing and Social Influence: Procedural Justice and Compliance Dynamics in the Work of Garda Juvenile Liaison Officers, Eoin Morrison

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They Just Don't Care about the Caring: Parents Perspectives of Early Childhood Education and Care Policy and Associated Funding Programmes, Tracey Nelson

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The Great Epoch: An Exploration of the Psychology of Desistance from Offending., Triona O'Sullivan

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Plural Policing: The Multifaceted World of Irish State “Policing” Authorities, Thomas Talbot

Submissions from 2012

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Children Museum Experience: Exploratory Study of Potential of Museum Visits in Achieving Learning Goals of Irish ECEC Curriculum Framework Aistear, Anna Ćwidak

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Jury Service: The Verdict An Exploratory Study of Public Attitudes to Jury Service, Brid Dempsey

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To CCTV or not? An Examination of Community-based CCTV in Ireland, Aidan Donnelly

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Regenerating Out Crime - The Impact of an Urban Regeneration Programme on Safety and Security in a Dublin Suburb, Jonathan Grant

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Defining Terrorism: A Risky Business?, Helena Kiely

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Family Structure and Risk Factors: an Investigation into Emotional and Behavioural Outcomes for Nine-Year-Olds., Zara Lafferty

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Birds of a Feather? Irish Public Attitudes towards Sex Crime and Sex Offender Reintegration. Is there a Publically Perceived Scale of Sexual Deviance?, Judy McAvoy

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An Exploration of Stepfamily Experiences of Young People in Ireland., Audrey McGee

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From Breadwinner to Breadmaker: The Experiences of Stay- at- Home Fathers in Ireland Today, Eoin O'Brien

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The School Completion Programme and the Development of Human Rights Education in Ireland., Caroline O'Neill

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An Examination of the Practitioners' Role in Promoting Compliance with Participants in the Irish Drug Treatment Court, James N. O'Sullivan

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The Free Preschool Year in Ireland: The Perspectives of Early Childhood Educators and Policymakers, Martina Ozonyia

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Stepping Stone Community Education – A Stepping Stone to Third Level Education., Lorraine Perkins

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Feeding Fear? : An Examination of the Representation of Crime News in Contemporary Irish Print Media, Eimear Rabbitte

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Support for Victims of Crime: Reality or Rhetoric?, Jennifer Rice

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The Sibling Relationship: Friendship or Rivalry?, Edel Wallace

Submissions from 2011

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Death in Irish Prisons: An Examination of the Causes of Deaths and the Compliance of Investigations with the European Convention on Human Rights, Colette Barry

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Pulling a Rabbit out of a Hat, where do Policies come from? An Examination of the Criminal Justice Policy Processes behind the Building of the Dóchas Centre (Ireland’s Largest Women’s Prison), Eoin Carroll

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An Evaluation of the Succession Law Changes Introduced by the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010, Niamh Dennehy

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Mad or Bad? The Portrayal of Mentally Ill Offenders in the Irish Print Media, Karla Duffy

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Legal Capacity in a Mental Health Context in Ireland A Critical Review and a Case for Reform, Andrew Guy

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Partners Against Crime A Review of Partnerships in Joint Policing Committees, Dermot Harrington

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A Policy Analysis of the Criminal Justice (Community Service) (Amendment) Act 2011, Fionnuala Lawlor

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An Exploration into the Nature and Extent of Violence Experienced by Secondary School Teachers, Ciana Lernihan

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Leisure, Organised Sport and Antisocial Behaviour an Examination of Youth’s Involvement in Leisure, Organised Sports and its Effect on Antisocial Behaviour, Ann Meenagh

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Pay Attention: Children’s Understanding, Experience and Attitudes to Having a Say in Their Everyday Lives, Aileen Murphy

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Emerging Adulthood in Ireland: Is the Quarter-Life Crisis a Common Experience?, Mairead Murphy

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Union Citezenship: Impact, Influences and Challenges to Irish Immigration Laws., Ewaen Fred Ogieriakhi

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The Experiences and Views of Lesbian Parents and Adult Children of Lesbian Parents in Ireland: an Exploratory Study, Aoife Quille

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Looking Through the Eyes of a Homeless Prisoner, Exploring Homeless Offender’s Perspectives on their Transition from Custody to Community., Louise Rowlands

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The Police Caution as a Diversionary Mechanism. An Analysis of the Garda Síochána Adult Caution Scheme, Graham Tolan

Submissions from 2010

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Adolescents Who Sexually Abuse: Exploring the Impact on the Family, Tracey Carroll

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A Qualitative Study of the Psychological Impact of Unemployment on Individuals., Marie Conroy

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Lost relationships : An exploratory study of the factors associated with non-resident parents losing contact with their children following separation/divorce, James (Sé) Fulham

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Booklet of Selected Theses from the MA in Criminology, MA in Law, and MA in Child, Family and Community Studies 2007- 2009., Kevin Lalor, Claire Hamilton, Fergus Ryan, and Brian McCarthy

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Mothers Who Use Illicit Drugs:an Exploration of Professional Workers’ Perceptions Towards Mothers Who Use Illicit Drugs, Julieann Lane

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Opting In and Staying In: Older Teenagers’ Decisions on Becoming and Remaining Involved in Youth Services in Dublin City., Kerri Martin

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Early School Leaving : an Exploration of the Factors Contributing to School Non-Completion, Jennifer McGarr

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Northern Ireland And The Irish Constitution: Pragmatism Or Principle?:the McGimpsey Case, Rory McGimpsey

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Development Through Interaction During The Early Years The Adult and Child as Co-constructors, Thea Norton

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Is the European Commission’s recent interpretation of Article 107 (3)(b) a departure from established State aid policy on the financial sector?, Eoin Pentony

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Deference under the Separation of Powers: an Increasingly Acceptable Trait Amongst the Irish Judiciary?, Philip Smith

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Deference under the Separation of Powers: an Increasingly Acceptable Trait Amongst the Irish Judiciary?, Philip Smith

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“It’s Like Throwing a Pebble Into Water and There is a Ripple Effect Throughout the Entire Pond” The Effect of Drug Use on the Family System, Aoife Stack

Submissions from 2009

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Migrant-led Organisations and their Communities: Participation, Shirine Beausang

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Paper Women: The Representation of Female Offenders in Irish Newspapers, Lynsey Black

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Children as Victims, Children as Clients Towards a Framework of Best Practice in Services for Children who Experience Domestic Violence, Emma Byrne-MacNamee

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Confidential Sources and Contempt of Court: An argument for change, Angel Fahy

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What do Young People think of the Gardaí?:An Examination of Young Peoples Attitudes Toward and Experiences of the Gardaí, Niamh Feeney

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An exploration of manager’s practices in and attitudes towards staff vetting in children’s residential centres, Catherine Hanly

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Medical Negligence and MRSA Claims:Is the Law of Tort Efficient Enough?, Bridget Kelleher

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The Significance of the Implied Mutual Duty of Trust and Confidence in the Employment Relationship, Katie McDermott

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Thesis on Adverse Possession, Kathleen O'Dwyer

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Síolta the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education; Teacher’s perspectives., Sandra O'Neill

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Does Gender Impact on Career Progression in the Garda Síochána?, Goretti Sheridan

Submissions from 2008

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Cervical Screening a Study on the Prevalence of the Risk-factors for Developing Cervical Cancer Among Young Women, Jennifer Cann

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Organised Crime in Ireland: A Policy Analysis of the Introduction of Organised Crime to the Irish Statute Book, Elizabeth Davey

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The constitutional protection of children in Ireland - an analysis of the status quo and proposals for reform, Oliver Fitzgerald

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Statutory Restrictions on Initiating Judicial Review Proceedings in the Asylum Context, Éamonn Foley

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An Evaluation of the Role of Senior Traveller Training Centres, Maureen Foley

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That's life:An Examination of the Direct Consequences of Life-Sentence Imprisonment for Adult Males Within the Irish Prison System, Clara Geaney

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Risky Business: An Examination of Probation Officers' Attitudes towards Risk Assessment, Michelle Richardson

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A Study Of Anti-Social Behaviour on Dublin Bus Routes, Kevin Scott

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Adaptation to college and individuation-attachment : a review of first year students in contemporary Ireland, Sarah Simmons

Submissions from 2007

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A March of Moral Panic?: An Examination Of Reaction To Crime in Ireland in March 2006, Robin Maginn

 

Proposal Submission requirement (admission)

Students can submit their proposal and, if accepted, proceed to the dissertation once they have successfully completed all core modules (that is 8 modules). They can take their dissertation module with their option modules. While it is not recommended taking 2 option modules at the same time as the dissertation, they are permitted to do this.

Proposal Submission Deadlines

Proposal submission deadlines are highlighted on the home page of this web-site.

Note that: If the dissertation proposal does not reach a viable standard and gain approval, the student can exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Computing or can resubmit a new dissertation proposal within two semesters of completing all the modules.

Proposal Submission procedure

The proposal need to be submitted as:

  • a pdf file sent to the coordinator's email. The filename of the pdf MUST be: StudentNumber_name_surname_MSc_Proposal.pdf
  • an online submission using this web-app [1]


Note: the two submissions follow the same template


Note: proposals that do not respect the template and the max number of words, for each section, are not taken into consideration for evaluation. All the required information is compulsory.

Proposal Submission Outcome

  • Approved (student can proceed with dissertation)
  • Subject to change (student needs to revise proposal and instructions will be communicated by email on how to do so)
  • Not Ready (student cannot proceed and is allowed to re-submit a new proposal at the next deadline)

Please, we kindly ask you not to email the coordinator or other lecturers once the status of the proposal has changed. Assigning supervisors might take some days, due to a number of constraints. Instructions on what the student has to do once the status has changed will be communicated by the coordinator as soon as possible within a few days.

Proposal Template

Dissertation Proposals need to include all the following details:

Front-page

  • Student name and surname
  • Student number
  • Stream (eg. ASD, DA, IKM)
  • DIT programme (eg. DT228A / DT228B)
  • Number of modules left to take (or exemptions or modules pending results)
  • When to start the dissertation if proposal is approved (select a date from the deadline list)
  • Proposal submission attempt (eg. 1st, 2nd, 3rd)
  • Title of project (20 words)
  • List of people and companies associated with the project (including those you might need input from or data from) (20 words)
  • Sources of data needed for the project, if any (20 words)


The proposal Background + context + scope(200 words)

  • Describe the context of application and provide the reader with some background and main notions/concepts

Informal description of the problem (200 words)

  • Describe the problem you wish to tackle informally

Literature review + state-of-the art approaches to solve problem + gaps (500 words)

  • Identify and describe the relevant scientific papers you have read in the identified context
  • Identify and describe the state-of-the-art approaches to solve the problem
  • Identify and describe the gaps of the state of the art approaches (these will inform the subsequent research question)

Research question (35 words)

Hypothesis/hypotheses + research objective/s (200 words)

  • Informally define the hypothesis or hypotheses
  • Define the research objective for each defined hypothesis and describe the research methodologies to achieve the objective and test the hypothesis

Design/implementation (500 words)

  • Describe your solution/experiment (using first an appropriate multi-layer diagram and subsequently describe each step in detail)
  • Provide details about how you are going to implement in practice the solution (eg. programming languages, technologies employed, execution of surveys)
  • specify details of dataset (eg. the set of dependent/independent variables, scales and ranges.)

Evaluation of designed solution (300 words)

  • Describe how you are going to evaluate your solution/experiment with a high-level description
  • Describe in detail how you are going to evaluate the results and how you are going to accept/reject each defined hypothesis
  • Describe how findings are related to the research question


Bibliography

  • References - using the APA style (1000 words)

Activities

  • Timeframe for each activity planned in the proposal (1 line per activity) (200 words)

Proposal Submission Checklist

This check list should be used by students who are submitting the dissertation proposals (.doc) to the Dissertation Coordinator. It will assist students in completing the research proposal.

  • Do you have a clear Project Title?
  • Do you have a clearly defined research question?
  • Do you know what you are going to do?
  • Do you know the scope of your proposed work?
  • Do you know how you are going to test it?
  • Have you structured your research question correctly?
  • Have you completed the reading on background topics using reputable sources?
  • Have you identified 20+ key references relating to your dissertation?
  • Have you cited all references using the APA style method?
  • Have to identified any previous related experiments and you have their results (and data sets)?
  • Do you have a clearly defined experiment/evaluation that supports your research question?
  • Can you complete the experiment/evaluation within the necessary timelines?
  • Can you measure the outcomes from your work?
  • Will you be able to evaluate the outcomes of your work and compare with results from previous research?
  • Do you have all the resources in place to conduct the research (human, technology, data, etc)?
  • Do you have written agreement from all the people/companies you need to have involved in the project?
  • Have the people/companies agreed to be available (provide the necessary support) during the lifetime of the project?
  • Do you have a realistic project plan?
  • Can the project be completed within the required timeline?
  • Is the MSc Dissertation Proposal Template completed in detail?
  • Can you explain your project to someone who is not familiar with your programme of study, in a way that they can understand what your project is about, why you are doing it, etc?
  • Are you ready to present and defend your project proposal?

What is NOT a proposal

If your project fits into one of the following scenarios, your dissertation proposal will NOT be approved =

  • a design of an application
  • an implementation of an application or piece of software
  • a literature review
  • a literature review with some conclusions
  • a literature review with some proposed “something new”
  • a literature review with a survey

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