Independent Research Project: Dissertation (Q3263)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

You will independently develop an advanced and in-depth research project within a subject, topic or area of your own choice.

The work you undertake should expand and deepen an area you’ve become interested in as a result of degree work already completed.

This module offers the dissertation route. Before submitting your final dissertation, you will:

  • be supervised by an appropriate tutor
  • take part in research study skills seminars
  • develop a research topic and plan in collaboration with your supervisor
  • submit a proposed abstract and a suggested bibliography for your project
  • present an outline of your project to the group.


43%: Practical (Workshop)
57%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 10 hours of contact time and about 290 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 2022/23. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: