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Unit information: Theology and Religious Studies Dissertation in 2018/19

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Unit name Theology and Religious Studies Dissertation
Unit code THRS30026
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Gethin
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Religion and Theology
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Third-year joint-honours students have the option of working under the supervision of a full-time member of Theology and Religious staff in order to produce an 8,000-word dissertation in an area of particular personal interest. Students are asked to submit in order of preference three proposals for topics appropriate to the interests of three different members of the full-time academic staff; please note that in certain cases the same proposal may be appropriate for more than one member of staff. While we will endeavour to allocate students to their first choice of topic and supervisor we are unable to guarantee that we can do this. In preparation for this unit, students are required to attend a library research-training session at the end of their second year of study.


The unit enables students to identify an issue which interests them and follow that interest through independently into a substantial independent research project.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a deep understanding of a chosen subject
  2. demonstrate research skills through the production an extended piece of independent research in accordance with level H;
  3. form their own research questions;
  4. work with both secondary and primary resources and draw reasoned and considered conclusions from them appropriate to level H;
  5. compile their own bibliography.

Teaching details

1 x 1.5 hour seminar weekly
6 x 1 hour workshops
3 x 1 hour small group discussion
1 x full-day Writing Retreat

Assessment Details

8,000 word project (including footnotes)

Reading and References

Bibliographical references will depend on the topic chosen and the student will be responsible (in consultation with an appointed supervisor) for assembling a bibliography which will include relevant primary and secondary sources.