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Unit information: Dissertation in 2020/21

Unit name Dissertation
Unit code AFACM0017
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Scheding
Open unit status Not open




School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit will provide a structured and supervised opportunity for MSc students to pursue independently an agreed topic of interest with reference to and emerging from their previous studies and to produce an advanced piece of research. The unit involves devising a realisable topic, which has the potential to contribute to knowledge of the subject. After a conducting a survey of literature and other relevant materials, appropriate methodologies will be devised in order to explore a research problem. It would normally be expected that this topic would arise from work already undertaken on the programme, creating an opportunity to explore a specialist area in more detail.

Students will receive a maximum of six hours of one-to-one supervision with their supervisor throughout Teaching Block 2.


1. To provide a focus for in-depth independent research

2. To establish a path for advanced research

3. To explore a range of possible methodological approaches

4. To gain in-depth knowledge of a specialist area

5. To present the findings in a dissertation.

Intended learning outcomes

1. To be able to distinguish between a range of different research methods

2. To become familiar with existing work on a particular subject

3. To use that work in order to provide a focus for independent inquiry

4. To design a project that is realistic in scope

5. To gain substantial knowledge of a specific subject area

6. To make a sustained argument or intervention, in academic debate and/or in relation to the particular research problem, appropriate to the determined mode of assessment.

7. To be able to communicate that knowledge with clarity appropriate to the determined mode of assessment.

Teaching details

Six hours of one-to-one supervision with a supervisor as agreed with the Programme Director

Assessment Details

By written dissertation (15,000 words)

With the dissertation, students will demonstrate learning outcomes (1)-(7).

Reading and References

Depending on the topics chosen by individual students