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#1 Posted : 10 February 2018 10:01:08(UTC)
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Dear All, Sorry for bugging you here. I'm reaching out because I know there are  are  professionals here that can give me needed advise. I'm about to take up my MSc in Occupational Health and Safety at the university of LOUGHBOROUGH. (Already Admited for Octomber Intake. Pros, I need your advise and explanation on these two key issues where my project and dissertation would base on;

1.An evidence-based project of 6 months’ duration requiring an in-depth study of one aspect of occupational health and safety management in an appropriate work environment. You will make an initial proposal as to the content of your project and discuss this with your supervisor to ensure it is suitable. You will be required to present a project report of up to 12,000 words.

2. An original research project of 12 months’ duration. As with the practical project, its suitability will be discussed with your supervisor. At the end of this period you will be required to submit a thesis of up to 20,000 words.

Please what is the main requirement for 1 and what is the main requirement for 2 is there any idea on some topics for 1 and 2? I know there would be an explanation(s) during university induction and research work explanation but I want to have full understanding and probably start some research beforehand. Your support would be highly appreciated. Regards,

#2 Posted : 15 February 2018 20:07:33(UTC)
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I recently completed my MSc at the University of Strathclyde. Part of the Post Grad Diploma was the thesis proposal and methods of professions research. I suspect that as you are going in at direct entry you are having to do this part for the first 6 months of your MSc.

It appears that the first part is providing supporting evidence to validate you main thesis and get an understanding of ethics, for example, you may review the literature, devise a methodology, test the methodology, take samples, understand bias, detail discussions, make conclusions and structure a report/proposal from you study. Completing the initial research may justify that there is a real world problem that needs addressing and will inform your supervisor that you are capable of completing the full dissertation.

I’m sure your supervisor will fully guide you in what is required. Good Luck…

#3 Posted : 15 February 2018 20:24:58(UTC)
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You can do the research on absolutely anything you wish, there are no limits. I would choose a topic you are familiar with or specialist in and convince your supervisor its worth doing, for example, there is a gap in this area of study and you enquiry will add to the knowledge of academia. Try and make your research original and develop an appetite for the study - what are the challenges with existing studies or the relationships between them.  Compare, contrast and synthesise studies within the literature to inform you decision. Your study methodology is key and you need to get this right. 

When writing, always consider the reader; break down complex phenomena into bits size chunks to comprehend, especially if it is a technical read.

#4 Posted : 17 February 2018 16:10:47(UTC)
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Dear Toe, thank you for the response. You have given valuable information.
Thomas B  
#5 Posted : 26 February 2018 12:16:31(UTC)
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Thomas B


I am currently in the final 4 months of the MSc at Loughborough University and don't worry once you start you will be fine.

Toe's advice is spot on and will help you a lot, I would just add the following:

  • Pick a subject that interests you otherwise you the process will be a slog! 
  • Use your supervisor for comments/guidance and don't hold off sending in samples even if you think it is not good enough. Their comments are valuable and will get you through
  • An obvious one but start right away, I have been a bit poor on my second project (took too long establishing my subject and I am running out of time fast)

The attendance days will provide you with the tools to start the project, although they will not tell you what to write only what should be included (they assume that you know). However, you will meet other students and can get contact details for support and also you can chat with your chosen supervisor about the project. 

The University ask for a project outline be produced for both projects and my advice would be pick one thing and focus on it (not too broad or far reaching). Also, don't worry about being wrong as most of the outlines need further work or re-assessment when you speak about them. 

They talk of presentations to the group about your idea, however, this is more an informal 5/10 minute chat with everybody in the room and nothing to worry about.

I hope this helps and good luck, you will be absolutely fine!


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