English Language Teaching Dissertation (009X5)

45 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Summer teaching

The MA dissertation is a substantial piece of work on a single topic that gives evidence of independent and original thought. It is not limited to a prescribed pattern, but it will generally be of one of the following:

  • a classroom research project: e.g. experimental, or observational data collection, or a learner/class case study
  • a critical piece of work: e.g. a critical analysis and evaluation of a set of second language learning materials, a method or approach in a specific language learning context
  • an investigation of attitudes, opinions or experiences of teachers/learners in relation to a specific issue in ELT: e.g. methods, materials, tests, factors in language learning, sociocultural impact.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 450 hours of work. This breaks down into about 6 hours of contact time and about 444 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: