Module code: ELI3033

Module Overview

TThe dissertation module is intended to provide students with an opportunity to select a research topic relating to an aspect of literary study which has engaged their own particular interest, and to explore it in detail through guided self-study. Each student will be assigned a tutor who will assist them in choosing their subject matter and literary approach, and who will provide advice, encouragement and formative feedback over the course of the writing process, as well as suggesting relevant reading material which may help inspire or critically locate the project. As well as the dissertation itself students will undertake a formative presentation in semester 1, and work on developing self-reflective skills through completing a progress log with their supervisors.


Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MCCORMACK Donna (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: X210

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 12

Independent Learning Hours: 428

Tutorial Hours: 4

Captured Content: 6

Module Availability

Year long

Module content

In order to give students training in the research skills needed to plan and complete an independent and large-scale research project, this module includes six two-hour workshops which are compulsory for all students:

Indicative workshop content:

introduction and research methods

writing literature review


editing the dissertation

proofing and finalising the dissertation

Assessment Deadlines

Dissertation outline proposal submitted in level 5 (Year 2) or P (Placement Year) of the degree: [circa late March of the year before the Dissertation module commences].

Formative presentation: semester 1 of the year of the Dissertation module

Dissertation Submission: tbc [circa late March of the year of the Dissertation module]

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the module learning outcomes.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

10000-word dissertation

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative ‘feed forward’ is provided through the supervision sessions. Students are able to submit a 2000-word extract to their supervisors for written and verbal feedback (6 weeks prior to the deadline), which helps them better finalise their final summative assessment, i.e. the dissertation. Additionally, students will participate in a formative presentation in semester 1 which will enable them to develop their proposals into a research plan.

Module aims

  • the opportunity to pursue a specific interest in depth;
  • the relevant in-depth subject knowledge required for their topic;
  • appropriate critical and theoretical awareness;
  • the necessary methodology skills and self-reflective thinking;
  • the ability to undertake independent research, analysis, critical thinking, writing and guided self-study;
  • the skills needed to think self-reflectively about their own work;
  • skills in time management;
  • research methodology skills specific to the individual topic;
  • the ability to undertake independent scholarly research.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Detailed knowledge of a specific interest; K
002 In-depth subject knowledge required for their topic; K
003 A high level of critical and theoretical awareness; CT
004 Methodology skills and self-reflective thinking;
005 The ability to undertake independent research, analysis, critical thinking, writing and guided self-study; CPT
006 The ability to think self-reflectively about their own skills and practices; PT
007 The ability to manage time effectively; PT
008 Research methodology skills specific to their own topic; PT
009 The ability to undertake independent scholarly research. PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to deliver subject knowledge, to develop cognitive/ analytical skills, and to develop in-depth transferable, practical, and professional skills.

At FHEQ Level 6, optional modules are usually delivered through a two-hour seminar, and hence with more student-led involvement and more sophisticated development of critical analytical and rhetorical skills. As these are research-led modules, there is also more emphasis on developing students’ knowledge of critical and theoretical discourses. The English Dissertation and Creative Writing submission are delivered mainly through regular tutorials between the student and an allocated supervisor, therefore aiming to develop students’ time management skills and ability to demonstrate independent thought and judgement, and carry out research projects.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Independent research and writing, alongside individual supervision and skills workshops, throughout the year.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.