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Extended Essay


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Ana Da Cunha Lewin
  • Assessment: extended essay of 7000-8000 words (100%)

Module description

The aim of this module is to guide you to produce a substantial piece of original written work of between 7000 and 8000 words (maximum, not including references and appendices) exploring, in-depth, a relevant topic of your own interest, prepared under the guidance of a supervisor. The final work will:

  • contain an appropriate agreed research question
  • contain a comprehensive review of the pubic body of knowledge relevant to the question
  • include an evaluation of arguments and available evidence
  • be written and presented in the form of a paper ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be expected to be able to demonstrate the skills required for independent research based on written materials, including the ability to:

  • identify relevant sources of material
  • evaluate the selected material competently
  • reach balanced conclusions, and where possible give their implications for wider theoretical issues and practical problems
  • identify the limitations and possible areas for development within the public body of knowledge pertaining to the problem under investigation
  • situate an extended specialist argument within a broader theoretical context
  • demonstrate an understanding of how to develop and present an argument
  • present your research in a written format appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • demonstrate independent and critical thinking about an agreed problem
  • manage your own learning
  • work independently.