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MODL5305M Research Methods and Dissertation for MAPLIS

60 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Marco Santello

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of undergraduate degree (or equivalent) level study in the field of modern languages.


MODL5012MSkills and Issues in Intercultural Studies
MODL5013MPrécis and Document Drafting
MODL5014MRhetoric and Public Speaking

This module is mutually exclusive with

MODL5300MResearch Methods and Project for MAPLIS

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims both to equip students with a range of generic and subject-specific research skills necessary to conduct and write up their own research at taught postgraduate level, and to provide them with an opportunity to practise those skills through the production of a full-length dissertation on a topic related to intercultural studies, thus reinforcing one of the core objectives of the degree programme as a whole. The module is primarily designed to enable students to gain experience in conducting research projects of an academic nature in order to prepare them to undertake further study at doctoral level. However, students may also choose to research a topic of relevance for professional practice.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to produce a well-structured piece of extended written work that displays evidence of both coherent and sustained argument and of original research and perspective on a topic of their choice relating to intercultural studies. They should be able to demonstrate in their writing that they have considered the implications and/or relevance of their dissertation topic for the field of intercultural studies, and for professional practice if appropriate. They should furthermore be able to express themselves clearly and present their work according to standard academic conventions.


The syllabus for this module will typically comprise 10 seminars covering the following generic research training elements:

1. Referencing and bibliographies; academic writing and avoiding plagiarism.
2. What is an MA dissertation?; making/ structuring an argument, choosing a suitable topic.
3. Finding and evaluating resources (and how to prepare an annotated bibliography).
4. The research process: design, ethics, practicalities.
5. Using questionnaires and interviews.
6. Using statistics and generating your own.
7. Cross-cultural research methodologies.
8. Progress and trouble shooting; presentation style and standards.

Towards the end of the research skills training workshops students will be allocated a supervisor to oversee the production of the research project itself.

Students will also be expected to audit other available research methods classes, in particular those pertinent to their individual topic/discipline.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours580.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

- Preparation of dissertation proposal/abstract: 30 hours
- Preparation of annotated bibliography: 60 hours
- Preparation of final research project: 490 hours
= Total: 580 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through 2 short assessments associated with the generic research training seminars (1: submission of full proposal/abstract; 2: submission of annotated bibliography), followed by discussions with individual tutors.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Research Proposal500 word full proposal/abstract5.00
Essay or Dissertation15,000- 17,000 words85.00
Written WorkAn annotated bibliography containing 30 entries, 125 words per entry, not including bibliographic data (3,750 words)10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 12/09/2019


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