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MEDV5110M Research Methods and Bibliography

15 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Dr Bill Flynn

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective


1) To acquire the ability to present work in correct scholarly form.
2) To develop a systematic appreciation and use of a wide range of bibliographies, reference works and instruments de travail.
3) To gain an awareness of different methods of carrying out research.


This module offers students training in core skills and use of resources applicable to a wide range of subjects in medieval studies.

Individual classes will address specific problems encountered by students at this level and practical guidance in solving these, for instance: research methodologies, referencing, selection and use of style-sheets, proof-reading and correction, compilation of bibliographies, presentation of dissertations.

They will also demonstrate systematic methods for accessing data: for instance, use of library resources, electronic data, instruments de travail and other bibliographical guides. Students undertake a review article, a survey of research or a critical bibliography on a chosen subject submitted in correct scholarly form.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Two written assignments (the first done in stages) of a combined total of 4,000 words.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCritical bibliography related to the MA dissertation. Covers 50 secondary items, totalling 2000 words.60.00
Essay2,000 words, due by 12 noon Monday of exam week 240.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Critical bibliography to be done in stages. After stage one (worth 20%), students will receive summative feedback on content, and on how well they followed the MHRA style sheet. They will then submit a revised version (stage two - worth 40%).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/09/2019


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