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 have become interested in as a result of degree work already completed. There are two modes of research at this level: through practical or academic enquiry, that is, through the creation of a substantial practical presentation (up to 20-30 minutes long, individually or in pairs/groups dependent on student cohort and preference) or through an extended dissertation (6,000-7,000 words). This module offers the dissertation route.

All the work undertaken in the module will be supervised by an appropriate tutor (ie with relevant expertise in the chosen area). Research study skills seminars will take place in weeks one and three with the entire cohort. You will receive two hours total supervision (divided as they prefer, eg four half hour sessions). The first six weeks of the module are engaged with developing a research topic and plan in collaboration with the allocated supervisor, at the end of which you will submit a proposed 200-word abstract for the project and a suggested bibliography. In week seven you will give a presentation to the group outlining the independent research project. By week 10 you will be expected to submit up to 2,000 words of your final dissertation for informal feedback and to ensure progress. Final supervising sessions will take place in week 12. All final dissertations will be 6,000-7,000 words and will include an abstract, bibliography and any other resources referred to with appropriate appendices.


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 COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: