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Dissertation 2017/2018

  • 30 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese


At the end of the course, the student should be able to design and develop a research project, including the final draft of a dissertation that meets all the requirements of a high-quality scientific work, demonstrating skills related to: the literature search and adequate literature review for the proposed research topics; selecting and supporting the relevance of the research questions; selecting and supporting the methodological design; collecting and analyzing data; critically discussing research results and conclusions; and presenting his or her research (orally and in the written form) to specialists and non-specialists, in a clear and non ambiguous manner.
The dissertation presented by the student should follow the APA style norms (6th edition) and be a novel report of an empirical study, systematic literature review, methodological paper, or study-case.

Recommended Prerequisites

Além do cumprimento do estabelecido no Regulamento do Ciclo de Estudos conducente ao grau de Mestre em vigor na UPT para ingresso no 2º ano do Mestrado em Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde, o estudante deve ainda ter concluído com aproveitamento as unidades curriculares Metodologia de Investigação 1 e Metodologia de Investigação 2 para frequência desta unidade curricular.

Teaching Metodology

Active teaching and learning methods will be used, involving independent work, tutorial guidance, and the implementation of the research project. Tutorial guidance sessions will be complemented with working groups that promote students’ active participation in sharing and discussing the progress of their research. For the students enrolled in the CU for the first time, the participation in the scientific meeting (10 and 11/03/16) is mandatory. The evaluation process involves the presentation of the dissertation before an expert jury, where students’ work will be evaluated for its technical quality, the form of the written work, and the public presentation, while respecting the standards set by UPT.
When applying to the public defense student must also provide a certificate attesting to his/her participation in the scientific meeting. The writing of the dissertation must be conducted in accordance with the respective standards for the format of the Master’s and PhD theses of UPT.

Body of Work

The contents will be defined according to the different research topics.

Recommended Bibliography

American Psychology Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Barker, C., Pistrang, N., & Elliot, R. (2016). Research methods in clinical psychology: An introduction for students and practioners (3rd ed.). Chichester, UK: Wiley.
Colman, A. M. (Ed.). (1995). Psychological research methods and statistics. London and New York: Longman.
Goodwin, C. J., & Goodwin, K. A. (2014). Research in psychology: Methods and design (7th ed.). New Jersey: Wiley.
Harlow, D., & Cramer, D. (2014). Introduction to research methods in psychology. NY: Pearson.
Mertens, D. M. (2010). Research and evaluation in education and psychology: Integrating diversity with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. LA: Sage.

Complementary Bibliography

A bibliografia específica ao tema será indicada de acordo com cada projeto de investigação particular. O estudante deverá pesquisar e consultar bibliografia adequada ao seu tema de investigação.

Weekly Planning

The supervision meetings will be scheduled between the students and their respective scientific supervisors, depending on the needs imposed by the progress of the research projects. These orientation sessions will be recorded by the supervisors and signed by the students, subsequently being delivered by the teacher to the Academic Secretariat, when the students hand in their dissertation.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Given that the overall objective of this curricular unit points to the ability to design and develop an original research project, the syllabus are not defined from the onset and are therefore adapted to the characteristics of each research project.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Teaching-learning processes and the implementation of students’ research project will be dominated by active and independent work, due to the focus on the ability to design and develop an investigation project, including the writing of a dissertation thesis that follows the requirements of a high-quality scientific work.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
Achieving practical application of theoretical knowledgeYesYes
Adapting to new situationsYes 
Analytical and synthetic skillsYesYes
Balanced decision makingYesYes
Bargaining abilityYesYes
Commitment to effectivenessYesYes
Commitment to qualityYesYes
Ethical and responsible behaviourYes 
Event organization, planning and managementYesYes
Information and learning managementYesYes
Initiative and entrepreneurship capabilityYesYes
Problem Analysis and AssessmentYesYes
Research skillsYesYes
Written and verbal communications skillsYesYes
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