Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Interdisciplinary Project
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
EL40120 Research Approaches
Successful completion of Part 1 years 2 & 3 of Part 2

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 15,000-word dissertation  100%
Supplementary Assessment 15,000-word dissertation   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Display a transferable, systematic understanding of the tasks of formulating a valid and answerable research question
2. Design and implement securely-grounded, comprehensive research procedures
3. Demonstrate an advanced ability to analyse the results of such procedures
4. Relate such research to a broad range of up-to-date thinking and knowledge in the constituent fields of Liberal Arts


The module provides year 4 students on the Liberal Arts integrated Masters scheme with an opportunity to conduct an independent, interdisciplinary research project culminating in a dissertation. The module is designed to further develop students’ skills for independent research practice and further postgraduate study.

The modules aims are:
Under supervision of an appropriate member of staff, the student will write a dissertation of 15,000 words on a topic agreed with the supervisor.
NB: Although students on this module will have undertaken a standard dissertation in year 3 of their degree, this module has several important markers of progression from this year 3 dissertation: firstly, the student’s project will have a clear interdisciplinary focus; secondly it will be assessed according to level 7 (or M level) marking criteria.

Brief description

This module enables students to conduct advanced, supervised, interdisciplinary research into an area of the Liberal Arts (including language, literature, film, theatre, art history and history) that is of particular interest to them, combining approaches from their chosen major area, and one other from the Liberal Arts disciplines.
Students will be asked to begin thinking about their project topic (and its associated research question and methods) in the semester 1 core module XX40120 Research Approaches. Their second assignment for XX40120 is a dissertation proposal, which will then inform the allocation of an appropriate supervisor, based on expertise related to the proposed topic and methods. A total of six hours of supervision time (whether face-to-face, via email and skype, or via group tutorials) is given to each student, to be arranged with the supervisor on an individual basis. Supervisors can read and comment on up to one third (maximum) of a student’s draft dissertation.


A total of five hours of supervision time (whether face-to-face, via email and skype, or via group tutorials) is given to each student, to be arranged with the supervisor on an individual basis.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number This is not developed in this module.
Communication Written communication will be developed though the writing of the dissertation. Oral communication is not formally developed in the context of this module.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students’ own learning and performance will be enhanced through the regular tutorial meetings. The research proposal assignment will assist students in evaluating their own learning needs and acting on feedback toward their final dissertation.
Information Technology This is not developed explicitly in this module but students will be required to use electronic sources for research material.
Personal Development and Career planning Although not developed explicitly, this module may serve as a starting point for those wishing to study at a more advanced level (e,g. taught postgraduate or doctoral level).
Problem solving This is developed as an inherent part of the research process through the research questions formulated as part of the dissertation.
Research skills These will be developed initially as students compile the annotated bibliography but will be developed further during the research process prior to writing the dissertation.
Subject Specific Skills Critical scholarly writing skills within the disciplinary fields are developed in this module. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the literature within their field of interest.
Team work Team work is not developed in this module given the independent nature of the dissertation.


This module is at CQFW Level 7