Dissertation (Anthropology) (841L6)

45 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Summer teaching

This module provides you with the opportunity to complete, under expert supervision, an independent extended piece of research and writing on a topic of your choosing relevant to the MA/MSc programme themes.

The dissertation will be 10,000 words in length and may involve either desk-based research based on secondary data sources or original empirical study involving primary data collection.

In preparation for their dissertation, as part of the separate research skills module, you will receive training in research methods, dissertation planning and writing and prepare a research outline.

You are allocated a dissertation supervisor, who will help you prepare for your research, develop your problematic and supervise your independent research and writing through four one-on-one supervisions.


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 450 hours of work. This breaks down into about 2 hours of contact time and about 448 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.