Dissertation Early Modern Literature ENGLIT5107P

  • 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

This 15,000 word dissertation gives students the opportunity to design, pursue and complete an independent research project on a topic of their choice relating to Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture.


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, 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 (see regulations at http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_205308_en.pdf section 7.1).


1 dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Enable students to develop and sustain at a high level an argument in an area of personal research interest in the field of Medieval and Early Modern literature and culture.

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

■ Encourage the application of acquired advanced research skills to a supervised project.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this 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, with the potential for further development to 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.