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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARTF5265M Individual Directed Study

30 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Richard Checketts

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

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Good BA (Hons) or equivalent in a related subject

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module enables students to explore in depth an independently-formulated topic, drawing on the diverse range of interests of teaching staff within the School.


On completion of this module, students should:

- have an in-depth and sure-footed knowledge of their chosen field of study.
- have a good critical understanding of the methodological, historiographical and/or theoretical frameworks in which the chosen topic has been discussed in the relevant literature.
- be able to identify and engage with appropriate scholarly resources for research within the chosen field of study.
- be able to relate specific case-studies in the chosen field of study to the broader intellectual, historical, and social frameworks they occupy.

Learning outcomes
The module will provide a platform for students to develop the following skills:

- independence, self-reliance, and time-management as necessary for the completion of a substantial piece of research.
- self-evaluation and management of goals.
- self-direction and effective decision-making.
- critical evaluation of a range of scholarly resources and methodologies.

Skills outcomes
- Skills necessary to undertake higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in an area of professional practice.
- Evaluating own achievement and that of others.
- Self-direction and effective decision-making.
- Independent learning.
- Use of methodologies and theoretical resources.


The module complements the MA dissertation in terms of its emphasis on independent research, and in many cases the dissertation itself will provide the appropriate focus for such research. However, where appropriate, and through proper consultation, students may wish to pursue this module as a means to engage with areas of staff expertise that fall outside those modules currently offered as taught components. Further details of the research expertise of members of the School can be found on the staff pages of the School’s web site: here. Through an initial consultation with an appropriate tutor within the School, students will formulate, in detail, a project for research which will lead to an essay. As part of this initial consultation process the student must provide the following:

1. a proposal of circa 1,000 words
2. a comprehensive preliminary bibliography, demonstrating extensive research within the planned area of study (as a rough guide: 20–30 sources)
3. a provisional plan/timeline

Failure to meet these criteria in a timely manner may prevent the student from taking the module. Note: Students wishing to complete this module must be prepared to take on responsibility for the formulation of their project, for the identification of appropriate and sufficient scholarly resources, and for making contact with an appropriate tutor with whom to develop their research.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours282.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Reading: 228 hours
- Writing: 40 hours
- Archival research: 14 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Attendance and participation in tutorials
- 1 x 40 minute seminar presentation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 7,000 word essay (inc footnotes and bibliography)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: 13/11/2018 09:25:43


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