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Unit information: Dissertation in 2017/18

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code ENGL30207
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Tom Sperlinger
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts


The dissertation is an essay of 6,000 words on a subject of a student's choice that has been agreed by the Unit Director. Students choosing to write a dissertation will meet regularly with an adviser for discussion of preparatory reading and research, work in progress, and drafts etc.


This unit aims to allow a student to undertake independent research, and to write an extended essay of 6,000 words on a subject of their choice (to be agreed with the Unit Director). The dissertation aims to allow a student to develop their research, writing, and critical reading skills, and may be of particular relevance to students who are considering postgraduate study.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit, the successful student will be able to:

1) demonstrate advanced independent research skills

2) demonstrate an ability to create and carry out their own well-structured research project

3) communicate their ideas effectively and maturely

4) present a persuasive and extended written argument

Teaching details

3 hours of one-to-one consultation with the dissertation supervisor

1 x 3-hour dissertation seminar as a whole class.

Assessment Details

1 x 6000 word dissertation (100%) [ILOs 1-4]

Reading and References

Key reading and references will vary depending on the choice of topic.