Romantic Worlds Dissertation ENGLIT5110P

  • 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 between 12,000 and 15,000 words in length, on a Romantic-period 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, plus reading and marking of drafted material as it is handed in.

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 section 7.1).

Excluded Courses

Modernities Dissertation

Fantasy Dissertation

Victorian Literature Dissertation

Medieval and Early Modern Dissertation

English Literature Dissertation




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 Romantic-period 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, sustained argument of between 12,000 and 15,000 words, with the potential for further development to MPhil 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.