Independent Research Project: Dissertation (Q3263)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

On this module, you’ll develop an advanced research project independently. You’ll develop a research topic and plan in collaboration with a faculty supervisor. Key skills you’ll gain include:

  • advanced essay writing and critical analysis
  • conceiving and planning research projects
  • developing ideas through scholarship and critical dialogue.



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 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: