2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
ENGL5842M Research Project
60 creditsClass Size: 100
Module manager: Dr Ian Fairley
Taught: 1 Sep to 30 Sept (13mth) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Module replacesENGL5128M, ENGL5503M, ENGL5129M, ENGL5840M
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesThis module will provide students with the opportunity to produce a substantial piece of academic writing or cognate research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff. The module encourages independent and self-directed learning culminating in the production of the MA Dissertation or extended piece of independent research.
It will enable students to:
- identify an appropriate topic for research;
- develop writing skills in the management of a substantial piece of work;
- acquire disciplines of scholarly presentation;
- develop analytical and theoretical knowledge of the subject;
- provide essential experience to develop an academic or non-academic career.
By the end of this module, students will:
- have developed the skills to research and write an intellectually coherent, critically informed and logically organised MA dissertation or extended piece of independent research;
- gain appropriate research skills, including those of bibliography and referencing;
- acquire disciplines of scholarly presentation, especially of documentation;
- develop appropriate critical vocabulary and conceptual understanding;
- develop the critical skills to approach English Studies creatively.
- The improvement of research skills
- The development of independent learning skills
- The development of writing skills over an extensive project.
This module will be initiated by an introductory lecture, followed by a series of 4 workshops in Semester 1. Supervisors will be allocated at the beginning of Semester 2. Once supervisors have been allocated, students will commence a period of structured independent study, in which they will receive up to 4 hours of supervision. They will also participate in the student-led MA conference.
Students will be able to refine their research topics; hone their writing skills in the management of a substantial piece of work; and gain integral analytical and theoretical knowledge of the subject. By the end of this module, students will have developed the skills to research and write an intellectually coherent, critically informed and logically organised MA dissertation. They will also have gained appropriate research skills, including those of bibliography and referencing; and will have expanded their critical vocabulary and conceptual understanding.
Projects may be undertaken in any area agreed with a suitable supervisor, subject to the restriction that the subject must lay within the fields or periods defined in the programme title. Projects or dissertations dealing with texts in translation will be considered on an individual basis in consultation with the Director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes, the supervisor and the School’s Director of Student Education.
The research project may take many forms (including a dissertation or, subject to the satisfaction of School pre-requisites and approval, an editing project; anthology; creative portfolio; exhibition or performance) but it must demonstrate a command of the primary and secondary material appropriate to a Masters degree.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||582.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||602.00|
Private studyStudents will be guided towards appropriate library and online resources by their supervisor.
Private study and independent learning is at the heart of this module, which encourages students to take responsibility for their own research and writing practice.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackResearch project formats, topics and titles are subject to approval by the Director of Taught Postgraduate Programmes and by supervisors. Progress on the module is monitored by supervisors. Students will be required to submit a plan of their project, with dates and targets, and a suggested title to their supervisor in Week 5, followed by a 3,000 word sample in Week 9 of Semester 2.
In June, all MA students are expected to attend a student-led Research Conference, where students can volunteer to deliver papers on their projects.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Project||Dissertation of 10,000 words (or equivalent project)||85.00|
|Essay||1 x piece of written work submitted at the end of Semester 1 (2000 words).||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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