SO7001 - Advanced Study Skills

APPLY NOW Book an Open Day Add to My Courses Register your interest / Course PDF

What will I learn on this module?

The learning and teaching strategy will employ a variety of methods that are appropriate for Level 7 students. The module will begin with a number of workshops that are aimed at preparing students for PGT study; reading, researching and writing in an intensive yet supportive format in the form of workshops, to develop these core academic skills. These sessions will draw on expertise from within and also outside the department, for example from the LRC, and be supported by student tasks to help provide practice at the skills required. The module will also focus on research skills to support the taught modules across the social science suite of programmes and address process issues associated with ethics approval, writing a research proposal and undertaking independent study. The module will utilise a range of staff expertise from within the Department of Social Sciences. This combination of teaching methods will introduce students to the full range of topics and skills required to be successful in undertaking postgraduate study.

How will I learn on this module?

Teaching will be in workshop format. The module will be formatively assessed via portfolio including a project proposal, completed ethics form, and draft chapter. These will be examined by your allocated supervisor (proposal and dissertation overview) and the ethics committee (ethics form). The module will complement the disciplinary-based postgraduate research methods modules to prepare you for your dissertation, which you will conduct after the progression point.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module will discuss essentials to complete postgraduate study, with particular focus on the dissertation. We will debate in group using examples of dissertation projects. Peer support will be facilitated in class, and the module tutor – and later your supervisor – will guide you through the workshops with expert input into the dissertation writing process.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Ability to demonstrate advanced study skills to conduct research appropriate for postgraduate level.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. Develop appropriate arguments, theoretical debate, and methods in order to present a piece of research

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
3. Demonstrate curiority for different methodological and theoretical approaches to analysis
4. Ability to evaluate ethical impact of research

How will I be assessed?

Formative portfolio assessment: proposal, ethics form, and dissertation overview of 3000-4000 words (MLO 1-4).





Module abstract

What are the higher level skills that you will need to study at postgraduate level? How to write a dissertation, and how to approach a topic, critique theory, and devise methods for a topic? These are issues that the module tackles in order to provide support for all of your taught modules, but particularly your dissertation, by discussing methods, the writing process, finding a topic, and ethics.

Course info

Credits 0

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at

Admissions Terms and Conditions -
Fees and Funding -
Admissions Policy -
Admissions Complaints Policy -