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MEDV5145M Medieval Studies Dissertation

30 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Dr James Doherty

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2020/21


MEDV5110MResearch Methods/Bibliography
MEDV5120MPalaeography: Reading Medieval


MEDV5010MMedieval Latin
MEDV5120MPalaeography: Reading Medieval

Module replaces

MEDV5130MMEDV5140MFull-time students from 12-13 sessionPart-time students from 13-14 session

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to acquire knowledge and understanding of a specific topic in medieval studies through the interdisciplinary use and analysis of primary and secondary materials; to synthesise the results of such work and to produce a coherent and extended piece of historical writing. As a result of this exercise students will acquire a knowledge of research methods appropriate to the particular subject they have addressed.

Learning outcomes
Helps develop the following skills to advanced levels:
- defining a complex problem and research questions.
- locating and handling appropriate primary source material.
- self-discipline in working on a major project with supervision.
- interpretation and analysis of complex documentary-based material.
- researching a topic using methods appropriate to the discipline and subject matter.
- presenting findings in a extended piece of written work conforming to accepted academic standards.

Skills outcomes
Research Skills
Critical analysis
Independent working


A dissertation may be undertaken related to one of the modules undertaken elsewhere or on any subject agreed with a suitable supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings51.005.00
Private study hours295.00
Total Contact hours5.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Bibliographic research
- Reading and research in primary and secondary source materials
- Preparation and writing-up of findings

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- One-to-one meetings with supervisor
- Submission of draft material (dissertation outline, bibliography and sample chapter).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation10,000 words to be submitted by noon monday in the second week of september at the end of 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time100.00
Written WorkDraft Bibliography, compulsory but not assessed0.00
Written Workdissertation outline, draft chapter, compulsory but not assessed0.00
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: 10/08/2020 08:40:30


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