7AACM700 Research Training & Dissertation in Classical Archaeology
Credit value: 60 credits
Module convenor/tutor: Supervisor allocated depending on dissertation topic
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour training seminars (weekly in Semester 1); dissertation meetings as agreed with supervisor
Assessment: 1 x dissertation of no more than 12,000 words (100%)
Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.
Seminars will be organised by Royal Holloway in 2019/20 and will be held at Senate House.
The dissertation is the core element of the MA in Classical Art and Archaeology: it allows students to develop research interests and essential academic skills.
To that end students attend a series of training seminars in the first semester, and are expected to make at least one presentation of their work thereafter. The training seminars draw on expertise from the major London cultural institutions, such as the British Museum, and the colleges affiliated with the intercollegiate MA programme, all of whom send students to the seminars.
The main aim, met by the training seminars, is to acquaint students with some of the wide range of materials and methods available to classical archaeologists and to advocate their regular use during the advanced study of Classical Art and Archaeology. During the course students are trained to undertake independent research, and to present their findings clearly and coherently.
The weekly seminars begin with an introduction to the course and to the subject-specific resources available at the Institute of Classical Studies. A series of classes follow which are taught largely through the resources of the British Museum and with the generous assistance of the Museum curatorial staff. Topics usually covered include antiquarian drawings, clay sculpture, coinage and archaeology, conservation, plaster casts, making stone sculpture, and pottery and culture. During this module students learn the practical importance of catalogues and write their own entries for discussion. This feeds in to a review of academic writing skills.
Information and guidance on all aspects of your dissertation can be found in the Student Handbook.