Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Dissertation  Deadline: 30 September 2007 for the 2005 intake  20,000 words maximum  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
integrate, through their writing, various aspects and components of the material covered in the preceeding modules of the MA degree scheme, as well as previous academic and practical experiences


The aim of the module is:

To enable students to produce a longer, coherent piece of academic writing relating closely to the topics covered in their MA scheme


Under supervision of one or more member(s) of staff, the student will write a dissertation of no more than 20,000 words on a topic agreed with the supervisor(s) and confirmed by the External Examiner(s).

Brief description

  • For MA Theatre and the World students:
  • In february of their first year, an initial meeting will be held for all students to discuss the dissertation, both content and administrative procedures. Students are encouraged to present a dissertation proposal at this stage. Supervisors are allocated, based on expertise with the proposed topic, and in discussions with the students concerned, subject to approval by the Head of Department. The final thesis topic is also subject to approval by the Head of Department and the External Examiner. Once the topic has been approved, a total of three hours of supervision time is given to each student, to be arranged with the supervisor(s) on an individual basis. A brief minute of each supervision meeting is taken, signed by supervisor and student, and placed on file for the record. Note: MA Theatre and the World students may opt to do DRM2160 - Practical Project in Lieu of Dissertation.
  • For MA TV and MA Film Students: Please see the appropriate course handbook.

Reading List

dependent upon your chosen topic


This module is at CQFW Level 7