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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LING5350M Dissertation (Linguistics and Phonetics)

30 creditsClass Size: 36

Module manager: Clare Wright

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2017/18


LING5480MResearch Methods in Linguistics

Module replaces

LING5230 (in conjunction with LING 5340)

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- undertake a research project appropriate to Masters level, in the course of which they will demonstrate that they can formulate research questions;
- gather and analyse linguistic data using methods from an area of linguistics or phonetics appropriate to their topic and acceptable to the Programme Manager;
- show that they can appropriately apply the planning and research skills acquired in module LING5480M Research Methods in Linguistics;
- show that they have developed writing skills appropriate for an extended piece of academic writing;
- work in conjunction with a supervisor.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to produce a sustained piece of writing that reflects original research in the field of linguistic study. Students will have designed a study for the purpose of the dissertation and will have both defended their approach and explained the outcome.

Students will have displayed their ability to position their own study within the literature that already exists in respect of the topic they have chosen to study.


Students will develop their ideas about topics in conjunction with members of staff, who will encourage topics which can be supervised by the staff available.

When a supervisor has been allocated, students will plan a schedule for the completion of the work with the supervisor, who will provide guidance on reading and methodology.

Thereafter, individual supervision sessions will take place as required, and will typically total 4 hours.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours294.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Background research, data gathering and analysis, writing up: 294 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Supervision sessions

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationA dissertation (8,000-10,000 words) to be submitted by the end of August.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/04/2017


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