Dissertation in Scottish Literature SCOTLIT4026P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This will provide students with the opportunity to carry out an extended piece of independent analytical research and to produce a more developed and lengthier piece of academic writing than previously attempted in their other undergraduate courses.


4 x one hour sessions as scheduled in MyCampus (of which 1 hour will be demonstration; and one hour will be an Autonomous Learning Group)

3 x 45min individual meetings arranged with supervisor.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours in Scottish Literature.




Prospectus (400 words) + Annotated Bibliography (1,250 words) - 10%

Dissertation: 10,000 words, inclusive of foot or endnotes but exclusive of appendices and bibliography - 90%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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:

■ select and define a topic of literary investigation within the field of Scottish literature;

■ develop an individual project on an agreed topic;

■ advance planning and time management skills  for a programme of independent research;

■ study a single topic in depth over an extended period;

■ foster the capacity for independent research and writing;

■ enhance students' construction of knowledge of an area of inquiry;

■ develop transferable skills;

■ enhance students' perspectives on their graduate employability.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ establish an in-depth knowledge of a particular topic in terms of text and context

■ plan for, and carry out, an efficient programme of well managed independent research;

■ clarify crucial terms of discussion and incorporate the views of published critics in their argument;

■ compose a sustained argument in an extended piece of analytical prose;

■ synthesize and write up independent research findings and material;

■ relate the chosen topic to their wider knowledge of the field;

■ put together a bibliography of primary and secondary texts.

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.