Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Major Dissertation
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 1 seminar every fortnight


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1x10000 word project  100%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 10000 word project  All failed elements of the assessment must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40%.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Undertake independent study

Plan and present an extended investigation: aims, literature review, methods, analysis

Demonstrate skills which are associated with library-based study: effective use of bibliographic searches; an ability to choose relevant sources; a sound knowledge and understanding of sources; critical interpretation of sources; an ability to synthesise sources; an ability to present coherent argument

Demonstrate research skills in a small-scale investigation: an appropriate method of data collection; an appropriate method of data analysis; an awareness of ethical and legal issues in data collection; to apply the results of the analysis to the aims of the dissertation.

Brief description

This module provides students with an opportunity to investigate a topic of their own choice, in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. It involves independent study under the guidance of a member of staff. It necessitates wide reading, leading to an extended essay. It requires library-based study and typically involves small-scale empirical investigation. Prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies is needed before pre-registering and registering on this module.


During fortnightly seminars, students will be given specific guidance on their individual projects.


This module is at CQFW Level 6