• Study mode: Part Time
  • Location: Uxbridge Campus
  • Duration: 15 weeks
  • Start Date: September 2020 and February 2021

Course Overview

Credits: 30 credits at Level 6.

This module is the final module of your BSc (Hons) Professional Practice course. You can enrol if you have completed your 90 level 6 credits (having previously achieved 120 level 5 credits). The module is delivered in the form of 5 study days, with indicated content weighted at the beginning of the module to provide you with the relevant knowledge required to undertake the extended literature review process. The module is classroom based with ongoing support from a dissertation supervisor.

The summative assessment will take the form of an extended review of the literature relating to the student's chosen topic. By successfully formulating a research question, searching for, appraising and critiquing relevant literature, identifying themes in the literature and identifying recommendations for practice as a result of this review, the student can meet the learning outcomes for this module.

What will this course cover?

The dissertation module teaches the following:

  • Development and presentation of the literature review
  • Evidence based practice and clinical effectiveness
  • Evaluation of sources of knowledge
  • Rationale for critique of the literature
  • Advanced literature searching skills
  • Examination of research designs:
  • Quantitative designs
  • Qualitative designs
  • Issues of rigour, trustworthiness, bias, usability and generalisability
  • Concepts of hierarchy of evidence
  • Analysis and presentation of data

Why choose this course?

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

  • Demonstrate the ability to appraise and critique published research.
  • Critically evaluate strategies for the collection and analysis of literature in the preparation of a literature review proposal.
  • Demonstrate critical and analytical skills in a carefully designed, logically developed review of the relevant literature.
  • Demonstrate a questioning and analytical approach to practice and critically evaluate an aspect of care where evidence needs to be addressed.
  • Demonstrate, through the critical evaluation and analysis of the literature, the ability to develop evidence-based recommendations to enhance the delivery of care.

The 30 credits gained from this module can be used towards a 'Top Up' Degree by enrolling on the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice. In order to complete this degree you can automatically transfer these credits on enrolment within a six year period, otherwise application through the CATs Committee will apply. You must complete a minimum of 60 credits towards your BSc (Hons) PP with Bucks New University. You are also required to have completed a module with Bucks New University within the previous three years to access the dissertation.

Course Details

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants should be a Registered Health Care Practitioner with 120 Level 5 credits,


How much does it cost

Part Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £990

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks