English Literature Dissertation ENGLIT5095

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Independent study resulting in dissertation of 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

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Excluded Courses





1 x 15000 word dissertation 100%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ enable students to develop and sustain an argument in an area of the student's personal research interest relating to English Literature

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

■ promote an engagement with English Literature based on careful critical analysis

■ encourage the application of acquired research and writing 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 project of up to 15,000 words

■ 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.