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MA Dissertation Skills


  • Credit value: 0 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: 70% attendance required to pass the module

Module description

This core module delivers in the summer term a structured series of classes on the specific research skills required to complete a successful MA dissertation. It is paired with the writing of the dissertation itself, which is double-weighted to reflect the time spent on independent research and study, and the length of the assessment (15,000  words). You will be asked to do a short presentation on your dissertation topic at the end of the course.

Indicative module content

  • Introduction
  • Choosing a title/Choosing a research question 
  • Research methods: digital, library, archive and scoping a project 
  • Editing and revising 
  • Panel on current research, usually made up of current MA directors 
  • Panel or guest speaker on current research
  • PhD current research panel 
  • Publishing skills 
  • Student presentations of dissertation projects

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to research, structure, draft and complete an MA dissertation.