Course code SNM3136
40 credits at level 6 (degree). Students undertaking undergraduate degree programmes must have completed 80 credits including the research appreciation and application unit or the evidence-based practice unit before they can commence the dissertation.


Who is it for?

This unit is suitable for qualified nurses who are undertaking this unit as part of a degree via the CPD route.

Overview of content:

The literature review should reflect the student´s ability to critically apply theory to practice, to reach conclusions based on the literature evidence and make achievable recommendations for practice.

What is it about?

This unit requires them to undertake a substantial piece of written work in the form of a critical review of the literature on a topic relevant to their area of practice. They will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of research theory and the specialist area of practice in which they are working as well as how their findings can be applied to practice.

How does it enhance practice?

On successful completion practitioners will have had the opportunity to produce a substantial and critical review of the current literature in an identified issue related to their context of practice. This can be used to enable recommendations for the development of future practice.

Mode of Assessment:

A 10,000-word critical review of the literature in a topic of the student's choice.

Links to Professional/Academic Award:

BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Ongoing and Supportive Care)
BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Sexual Health)
BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Primary Care and Public Health)
BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Intensive Care of the Child)
BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Neonatal Intensive Care)
BMedSci (Hons) Health and Social Care Studies (Acute, High Dependency and Critical Care)

Course Structure:

1 x half study day

Upcoming Start Dates:

7 October 2021, 7 February 2022


To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by visiting our how to apply page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email with the exact details of the location of teaching, closer to the start date.


For information on funding please see our funding page.

Please note that LBR funding for dissertations will be at the discretion of Trusts. Trusts will ensure that dissertation outcomes contribute to organisational requirements in terms of eg service improvement, priorities or innovation. Applicants should ensure that they have gained the agreement of line managers in terms of organisational outcomes from dissertations, before submitting dissertation funding applications.

NHS East Midlands only offers 50% funding for any of their staff to undertake dissertations.

Programme Leader/Contact Name:

Tracey Moore

Tel: +44 114 222 2056 

Email: tracey.moore@sheffield.ac.uk