Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Distance Learning
Research skills
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Work-based Research Project (TFTS and History & Welsh History)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation  (Maximum length 17,000 words)  100%
Supplementary Assessment Dissertation (re-submission)  (Maximum length 17,000 words)  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

​1. Write a suitable research proposal.

2. Carry out their research proposal competently and efficiently undertake an in-depth literature review.

3. Present results obtained and evaluate them using an appropriate analysis; discuss in depth their chosen subject area.

4. Work to a planned timetable.

5. Produce a learned report of the investigation in the form of a dissertation.

Brief description

The purpose of the project, on which the dissertation is based, is to demonstrate that the student has acquired the ability to undertake and satisfactorily complete a major piece of work in advanced media production and research in the chosen field.

Students working towards a masters on the Advanced Media Production scheme will carry out a research project in their work-place, or if this is not suitable, at Aberystwyth University. They will have a supervisor based at Aberystwyth University but are likely to spend the majority of the project working from the location of their employer.


To provide the students with the opportunity for an in-depth investigation of an appropriate topic. It is intended that the skills and discipline required to write a scholarly paper or report on a specified subject will be developed to an advanced level. The module will provide the opportunity to specialise in a particular aspect of the discipline.

It will achieve this by considering the following areas:

Introductory session detailing the requirements of a dissertation;

Tutorials to give guidance and arrange appropriate dissertation research work, culminating in the production of a research proposal;

A period of experimental work/data gathering under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor;

Writing up and submission of a dissertation in accordance with University guidelines and under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Collation, manipulation and analysis of data may be an integral part of the research conducted and the thesis presented.
Communication Students will be expected to develop advanced communication skills, in particular written communication, through the presentation of a research thesis in an appropriate academic style and in accordance with University guidelines.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students need to demonstrate good organizational skills in order to carry out their research work and ultimately produce a thesis in a timely and effective manner.
Information Technology Students will be required to source information from a variety of publication data bases and where appropriate use software packages to implement their project and analyse their results.
Personal Development and Career planning ​​Students will apply techniques and methods leaned during the Advanced Media Production taught modules to undertake a research and innovation project undertaken with their employer.​​
Problem solving Students are required to design and implement an investigational protocol in order to address a specific research question.
Research skills Students are required to critically evaluate previous research work during the production of a literature review and then collect, analyse and interpret their own research data.
Subject Specific Skills In-depth technical knowledge of the dissertation subject area.
Team work Students may have the opportunity for developing their team skills if their dissertation work requires them to work within a research team. However the emphasis in this module is on independent research.


This module is at CQFW Level 7