Module Identifier MG30520  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mr Robert K Meyrick  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Ms Moira M Vincentelli, Mr Neil A Holland  
Pre-Requisite MG10120 , MG20410 , MG20110 , AH20410  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   Tutorials x 6 per semester  
  Practical   160 study hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam Dissertation 10,000 words100%
Supplementary Exam   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. demonstrate a deeper knowledge of a specific subject area
2. locate, select and analyse information relevant to their topic
3. be proficient in the use scholarly conventions appropriate to academic writing in Museology and Art History or Art Theory
4. plan a well-structured exploration of a museum / material culture topic

The dissertation provides the opportunity to assess the students' ability to locate, select and analyse information for an extended period and in depth; planning a well-structured exploration of a museum or material culture topic (outcomes 1-4)

Brief description

The dissertation provides the opportunity for in-depth academic study, to investigate a subject or topic concerned with an aspect of museum studies and/or material culture.It can have a historical, sociological, cultural or theoretical approach. Dissertations require a well-structured methodology capable of sustaining a scholarly approach.The use of primary source material from Aberystwyth and/or other collections is encouraged. The dissertation should normally grow out of a particular museum studies module (or group of related museum/art history modules) that the student is taking or has taken.


1. to provide an opportunity for research at undergraduate level
2. enable students to undertake an in-depth examination of specific subject or topic related to their previous or current studies under supervision
3. apply and extend academic skills learned in AH20410 Professional Practice for Students of Art and Art History
4. offer an applied and prolonged experience in self-directed and supervised investigative study

Transferable skills

1 Independent project work
Undertake self-directed research

2 IT and information handling
Word processing

3 Use and analysis of numerical information

4 Writing in an academic context
In-depth examination of a specific subject.

5 Oral discussion and presentation
Tutorial Discussion

6 Careers need awareness
The module is specifically for students considering a career in museums, art gallery administration, public art organisations, freelance curators and exhibition organisers, and in private galleries.

7 Self-management
100% Course Work

8 Group activity

Reading Lists

** General Text
None specific. See Pre-requisite AH20410Professional Practice for students of Art and Art History1


This module is at CQFW Level 6