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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

THEO5420M Research Project (Theology and Religious Studies)

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr. Stefan Skrimshire

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module gives you the opportunity to engage in an extended course of directed readings and research in an area of staff specialism within Theology and Religious Studies, with individual tutorial guidance and supervision. This is also an opportunity to undertake research in an area that complements and extends, without overlapping, the major field of study that has been elected in your choice of MA programme.


To produce an independent piece of work on a selected topic within the field of Theology or Religious Studies. This work can take the form of an essay, a PhD proposal, or a literature review. The student should show a good grasp of the chosen field and relevant important literature.

Learning outcomes
Detailed understanding of the relevant field, depending on the topic of the research project.

Skills outcomes
The module will develop skills in independent research. Some skills will depend upon the student's choice of topic.


To be developed in consultation with the personal supervisor.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours297.00
Total Contact hours3.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Up to 200 hours gathering and reading resources, note-taking and thinking.
Up to 100 hours drafting & re-drafting for written work.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Occasional informal conversation and email correspondence

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x essay, PhD proposal or literature review of 6-8000 words100.00
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: 30/06/2021 14:25:35


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