Modernities Dissertation ENGLIT5047P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Independent study resulting in dissertation of up to 15,000 words in length, on a research topic of the student's own devising, in consultation with a supervisor.


3-4 supervisorial meetings of 30 minutes to an hour each as arranged between student and supervisor.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to Masters at College level, plus average of Grade C3 or above in coursework element of programme with at least 75% of the credits at Grade D3 or better and all credits at Grade F or above.

Excluded Courses





1 dissertation of up to 15000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to:


develop and sustain an argument in an area of the student's personal research interest in the period 1880s-present day.

promote an engagement with other scholarly, critical, or theoretical arguments relevant to that area.

encourage the application of acquired research skills to a supervised project.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify an appropriate research topic, in consultation with their supervisor

■ Formulate an appropriate research question for their topic

■ Evaluate primary and secondary material for inclusion in an extended piece of writing at this level

■ Show their ability to summarise, comment on and analyse this material appropriately

■ Organise their work into a coherent, sustained argument of up to 15,000 words, with the potential for further development to MLitt or PhD standard.

■ Apply the research methods and skills learnt during the rest of the taught course to a programme of supervised independent study

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.