Should you take the 30-credit or 60-credit dissertation? Our advice is to take the 30-credit dissertation unless you are very confident in your abilities to do well at the longer one. The 60-credit dissertation is a riskier approach: you’ll have a lot of eggs in one basket. Students who choose it can do very well, of course. You should therefore think very carefully about what length of research project you would like to do, as this will affect how many optional modules you can take in your final year.
This module gives you the opportunity to develop and undertake an independent research project on a topic of your own choosing, to pursue your own interests in greater depth than before. In the course of doing so, you will have the chance to draw on the skills and knowledge you have acquired earlier in the degree in order to formulate and answer a specific, focused research question. You will receive support, both in the form of lectures/workshops and guidance from you supervisor. And you will also demonstrate autonomy in carrying out your research project – a valuable intellectual skill which is also helpful in the job market. In this way, the module aims to help you develop your capacity for independent research. The dissertation thus contributes to future research and employment needs by helping you foster your skills in critical thinking, research, and extended writing.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Adrian Blau
Module assessment - more information
1500-word proposal (10%) + 8000-word dissertation (90%)