CCHM3000: Dissertation

Short Codes:

  • CCHM3000A
  • CCHM3000B

Credits: 60


This module builds on what students learnt in CCHM2000: Research, Oral History and Employability Skills in Cultural Heritage, to explore and develop the context further.

The module aims to:

  • Review research and analytical methodology

  • Establish an in-depth, comprehensive and analytical pieces of academic work in the form of a dissertation

  • Explore areas of interest within the field of cultural heritage

  • Debate the research subjects

  • Critically analyse and engage with a variety of themes of their choice

This module comprises two parts; one taught and one supervised and is held over the course of the academic year. In the first semester, students will attend sessions on Research Methods. During this semester, students are required to produce a research proposal, comprising a research question, literature review, methodological discussion and a statement about project management. Students will take this proposal forward as they focus on their dissertations, where supervisory input offers expertise, and monitoring progress.

Action Research is pioneered by the Middlesex University Work Based Learning and Professional Practice. Action Learning Project (ALP) is a practical and high-impact way to develop the ability to think and lead across an organisation by applying what you have learnt in the classroom. A practice which helps one to become a better learner through reflection, assumption testing, and question asking by solving real business problems through continuous learning.



Conceptual understanding and critical evaluation of an area of interest within the field of cultural heritage management, relevant to Chinese cultural heritage

  • Critical evaluation of debates around the philosophy of social research and methodological issues in research design.

  • Analytical understanding of a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and forms of analysis, and ability to apply these to a novel context.

  • Critical and reflexive applied knowledge of project management, relevant to the dissertation.


  • Develop skills in specifying a research question, reviewing and analysing published academic literature, and engaging in debates around the status of knowledge claims

  • Skills in the design of research projects appropriate to a given question, with an appreciation of inherent methodological trade-offs.

  • Skills in the collection, organisation and analysis of relevant data.

  • Ability to critically analyse a specific area of interest relating to Chinese cultural heritage management, and demonstrating originality of thought

  • Production of an original dissertation that contributes to the field of Chinese Cultural Heritage Management


Preparatory Lectures: Research Methods for Dissertation (Academic and Action Research)

  • Introduction to the MA Dissertation (aims, objectives & methodology)

  • Introduction to the Action Project (aims, objectives & methodology)

  • Identifying a research topic and conducting a critical literature review

  • Research design, validity, reliability, reflexivity, and ethics

  • Qualitative data: collection, management and analysis

  • Quantitative data: survey design and administration

  • Introduction to computer aided data analysis

  • Statistical analysis and graphical presentation of data

  • One on one tutorial sessions with assigned supervisor


Students will receive preparatory lecturers on Research Methods for the two options to help prepare them for writing their dissertations.


Research proposal (10 %) and Dissertation (90%)

Total: 100 %