Dissertation in English Language (20 credits) ENGLANG4058P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course allows you the opportunity to study a pre-set topic in English Language independently chosen from a range in an area of particular interest to you. You are supported in your research by a suite of general training sessions and by group question-and-answer sessions.


Four x 1hr generic training sessions as scheduled on MyCampus; two x 1hr question-and-answer group sessions with the appropriate course convener/lecturer TBA.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in English Language

Excluded Courses



Dissertation (6,000) words, excluding bibliography - 100%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study a pre-defined topic in English Language in depth; 

■ undertake sustained independent analysis of a body of primary materials;

■ foster a combination of investigative, creative and organisational skills valuable not only in research in English Language but also in most branches of graduate employment.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ select from among a range of qualitative, quantitative, critical, historical, or theoretical methodologies, and apply these as appropriate;

■ identify, evaluate and synthesise scholarship relevant to the field(s) of research in question;

■ organise the materials clearly, in a well structured and clearly presented form;

■ apply consistent rules of presentation of bibliographical materials, appendices and footnotes, using recognised academic standards.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.