Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 3 (Dissertation)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Failure will result in a re-assessment and re-submission of the dissertation  presentation of dissertation (12,000-15,000 words)  100%

Learning Outcomes

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


The module aims to:
  • provide an opportunity for self-directed research and tutorial supervision
  • enable students to further develop an in-depth examination of a specific subject or topic related to their studies in either AHM0230 Research Project or ARM0460 Exhibition 1 (depending on the nature of the Part 1 degree scheme)
  • stimulate vigorous intellectual inquiry
  • deal with primary and secondary sources and their creative syntheses
  • work within a comprehensible historical, theoretical, or conceptual framework
  • apply appropriate scholarly techniques
  • further the student'r capacity for academic writing within set conventions and deadlines
  • prepare students for research and academic writing at MPhil and PhD level
  • apply and extend academic skills learned in the Research Training modules
  • develop and conclude a reasoned and substantiated argument in relation to a specific subject or topic
  • write in a clear, organized, persuasive, strategic manner for a defined audience
  • exhibit a highly developed, imaginative, and creative engagement with the subject and composition
  • demonstrate a thorough cognizance of existing scholarly material (including, methodology, debates and ideas)and sources relevant to the dissertation'r field
  • sophistication in writing style and an intellectually challenging approach to the subject
  • ability to move beyond the boundaries of the field of inquiry

Brief description

The dissertation provides a context to develop a programme of study begun, principal, in the context of either AHM0230 Research Project or ARM0460 Exhibition 1 (depending on the choice of degree scheme). For MA in Art History candidates, the dissertation represents a discourse on material sources uncovered and preliminary studied in the project. For MA in Art candidates, the dissertation will pursue ideas developed previously in a visual field within an art historical or theoretical context. The module allows students to apply methodologies and approaches to writing, developed in both research-training modules and in the context of dissertation tutorials, and to pursue a creative engagement with a specified topic.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Creme, Phyllis and Lea, Mary R (1997) Writing at University: A Guide for Students Oxford University Press Primo search Kane, Eileen (1997) Doing Your Own Research: Basic Descriptive Research in the social Sciences and Humanities Boyars Primo search Locke, Lawrence F (1993) Proposals that Work: A Guide to Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals Sage Publications Primo search Oliver, Paul (1996) Writing Essays and Reports Hodder and Stoughton Primo search Oshima, Alice and Hogue Ann (1997) Introduction to Academic Writing Longman Primo search Rasool, Joan et al (1996) Critical Thinking: Reading and Writing in a Diverse World, second edition, Wadsworth Primo search Smith, Pauline (1995) How to Write an Assignment: Improving Your Research and Presentation Skills How to Books Primo search Swetnam, Derek (1995) Writing Your Dissertation: How to Plan, Prepare and Present Your Work Successfully How to Books Primo search Students would also be expected to read pertinent MA dissertations available either atht eSchool of Art, National Library of Wales, or through Inter-Library Loan. Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7