Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Research Skills
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 1 X 2HR SEMINAR


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio of work  A detailed proposal outlining a key research question OR research-based writing project, the rationale and context of the project, and its scope for public engagement (1000 - 1500 words) - (20%). An appropriately annotated bibliography detailing the project?s key primary and secondary sources and/or influences and their significance to the project (3-5 pages) - (20%). A 2000 word sample of the creative work, OR close analysis of the primary source/s, OR contextualized discussion of the research question - (60%).  
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission  Resubmission of failed elements.n 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Produce and analyse creative and / or critical modes of writing, and, where appropriate, a synthesis of those modes.

Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theories and debates about literature, the relationship between texts, and between texts and their contexts.

Demonstrate the ability to conceive of, plan and critically contextualise an original piece of research or creative writing.

Demonstrate an ability to present critical and/ or creative work to a professional academic standard.


This restructured common core module (with elective elements) consolidates existing research training for Literary Studies and Creative Writing and enhances creative-critical hybridization in PGT provision.


The ten weeks of teaching comprise 5 x1 hour plenary sessions and 5 x 2 hour breakout sessions on related but discipline-specific themes:

Week 1: Writing Critically and Presenting (plenary)

Week 2: Writing Critically and Presenting: Creative Writing (Q394, QXXX);
Writing Critically and Presenting: Literary Studies (Q392, QXXX)

Week 3: Archives and Collections (plenary)

Week 4: Archives and Collections: Creative Writing (Q394, QXXX);
Archives and Collections: Literary Studies (Q392, QXXX)

Week 5: History (plenary)

Week 6: Writing History: Creative Writing (Q394, QXXX);
Researching History: Literary Studies Q392, QXXX)

Week 7: Digital Resources and Electronic Media (plenary)

Week 8: Digital Resources and Electronic Media: Creative Writing (Q394, QXXX);
Digital Resources and Electronic Media: Literary Studies (Q392, QXXX)

Week 9: Impact and Engagement (plenary)

Week 10: Impact and Engagement: Creative Writing (Q394, QXXX);
Impact and Engagement: Literary Studies (Q392, QXXX

Brief description

This 10 week module introduces all MA students to the research skills and methods they will need to plan and complete a significant piece of original research or creative writing. In format it alternates between 5 plenary sessions (for all PGT students across the department), and 5 breakout sessions which further develop each of the key research methods covered in plenary with specific attention to the demands of literary studies or creative writing. Students following Q392 MA in Literary Studies (and pathways) attend all 5 Literary Studies breakout sessions. Students following Q394 MA in Creative Writing attend all 5 Creative Writing breakout sessions. Students following QXXX MA in Literature and Creative Writing choose five breakout sessions from Creative Writing and Literary Studies. Students on this scheme must attend in week 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 but may choose either Creative or Literary sessions.


This module is at CQFW Level 7