Dissertation (English) (Q3320)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module enables you to research and write an extended research dissertation of up to 8000 words as a culmination of your degree studies. You choose a dissertation topic from ANY module which they have taken on the English curriculum in year two or autumn of their final year, and produce a dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member, who will also give feedback on a short dissertation outline partway through spring term.

Teaching will also be delivered through lecture sessions on research skills and group seminars in which you will be taught alongside other students working on dissertations on similar or cognate topics. You will also participate in a dissertation conference to share work-in-progress with their peers. Additional optional study skills and archival sessions at The Keep will also be available.


43%: Lecture
57%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Dissertation, Portfolio, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 14 hours of contact time and about 286 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 2023/24. 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: