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ARTF3170 Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Dr Kerry Bristol

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

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with


This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this independent study module, students should:
- have pursued in, greater depth than in options, a topic of their own choice;
- should have developed advanced research skills and put them into practice.

The final outcome of this module is a BA dissertation. The dissertation should take the form of a coherently argued, thoroughly researched and carefully edited written work which is based on and clearly reflects the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme and the dissertation process.

Skills outcomes
- Independent project planning and development
Time management
- Advanced use of (specialist) libraries, archives, bibliographies and electronic resources
- Presentation of a written work of substantial length which meets academic standards in form and content.


In semester two of level 2, students will be asked to submit a proposal to show a critical grasp of the bibliographic and historiographic problems of the intended subject. After approval by the module team this will lead to the production, under supervision, of a detailed proposal or equivalent of ca 4,000 words (December) and a dissertation (April).

The dissertation is divided into chapters and has a length of 13,000-15,000 words (excluding footnotes, bibliography and appendices).

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours589.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Students are required to develop their own topic and conduct independent research, using the reading, analysis and research skills acquired in years One and Two.

At the beginning of the dissertation process, students attend an introductory dissertation workshop. They are provided with a detailed dissertation handbook.

Students can refer back to earlier programme content.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored during the one-to-one or small group tutorials which take place between the student and the supervisor.

Furthermore, the supervisor will provide formative feedback after the submission of the 4,000-word synopsis (or equivalent, eg dissertation chapters) in December.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation13,000-15,000 word dissertation excluding footnotes, bibliography and appendices.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

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:22:38


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