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Dissertation BA English


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Sean O'Brien
  • Assessment: a progress portfolio (0%) and a 7000-word project (100%)

Module description

As a final-year BA English student, you will undertake a dissertation, a substantial piece of independent research and writing on an area of English literature of your choice.

While you are not expected to have made a firm decision about your topic in your penultimate year of study, you are required to give a general idea of your proposed topic of study so that you can be allocated a supervisor. Your supervisor can offer you three hours of supervision, and will read and comment on up to 2000 words of a first draft. You will also have meetings with the module convenor.

You should provide a project proposal by the first week of the summer term in your penultimate year of study using a proforma available from the BA English programme Moodle site.

Because the project is a student-led course that demands a high level of independence and organisation, it is not a suitable option for absolutely everyone. If you have any doubts about your suitability for the project, you should discuss it with your personal tutor or the module convenor.

indicative Project support meetings schedule

  • Spring term, penultimate year of study: What is a Final-Year Project?
  • Autumn term: Making Progress With Your Project
  • Spring term: Shaping and Presenting Your Project

Learning objectives

This module will develop your skills in:

  • independent research
  • planning and shaping a substantial research topic
  • planning and time management
  • presentation and drawing up a bibliography.