Dissertations at a Distance

As a number of new Distance Education Initiative-funded Masters programmes launch at the University of Edinburgh, and online distance learning becomes more mainstream across the University, supporting part-time, online distance students through the latter stages of their studies becomes a matter of shared interest as well as a priority for individual programmes and supervisors.

Project web site

This one-year project investigated, through interviews, workshops, and documentary analysis, what students want and need from their dissertation experience, what connections exist between programme and supervisor practices and student outcomes, and how student and supervisor understandings and experiences of ‘success’ mapped onto available dissertation-related data on four online programmes: the LLM (Masters in Law) and MSc in Digital Education in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; and the MSc in Clinical Education and MSc in Clinical Management of Pain in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

We aimed to address the question: ‘What supervisor, student and programme practices can be seen to align with successful dissertation outcomes for online distance learners?’.

Key contact: Jen Ross

Research areas
Digital Cultures
Research team

Jen Ross, Gill Aitken, Sian Bayne, Sarah Henderson, Erin Jackson, Clara O'Shea

Key contact
Dr Jen Ross

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme, The University of Edinburgh