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7ABA0001 Dissertation

Credit value: 60 credits
Module convenor:  Dr Caroline Laurent (semester 1), Dr Zoe Norridge (semester 2) 
Teaching: Various workshops; discussions with personal tutors
Assessment: 1 x 10,000 word dissertation
Reassessment: Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Module description 

The dissertation offers an excellent opportunity for MA students to explore a literary topic in much greater depth. Dissertation topics often stem from optional or compulsory modules. For the MA in Comparative Literature students are required to consider texts:

  • from two or more different literary cultures,
  • and/or written in two or more different languages,
  • and/or in two different mediums (literature and photography, literature and film),
  • and/or between literature and another discipline (philosophy, history, dance).

All MA students attend a briefing session at the end of Semester 1 and submit their proposed topics and requested supervisors at the beginning of Semester 2. The department hosts an MA Dissertation Presentation event at the beginning of the summer – usually at the end of May or very beginning of June. The Department of Comparative Literature will arrange individual supervisors; second supervisors may be drawn from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as required. 


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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