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MODL5630M Independent Project

60 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Angelos Koutsourakis

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Acceptance onto MA Film Studies

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Independent Project will allow you to develop your own interests in a substantial undertaking. This will take the form of the research and writing up of an investigation into a topic in Film Studies or related area, or it will take the form of an activity or practice research project appropriate to your interests and skills, which will be accompanied by documentation and an analytical account of process.


The independent project enables students to develop their individual interests and to develop the dexterity in the use of the methodological tools of film theory and history already gained on the programme.

There are two routes available:

Route A: Students will research and write a dissertation (10-12,000 words) on a topic in film studies or a related area agreed with the module leader, to be supervised by one of the programme team.

Route B: In consultation with module leader, students may undertake a practical activity or practice research project to be supervised by one of the programme team. This will involve any of a range of possible activities, from programming a film series, to developing a real-world resource currently lacking, to creating a suite of videoessays. The substance and achievement of the activity will be evidenced by appropriate documentation and a reflective account of process (5-6,000 words) that will also theorise and historicise the activity.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, should have provided evidence of being able to:
1. design, manage and implement a substantive independent project;
2. exhibit dexterity in the use of the methodological tools of film and cultural theory and history; they should be able to apply theories and concepts that have been grasped during the taught element of the programme to tackle research questions or resolve a problem or issue related to a more practical activity;
3. employ the techniques involved in the writing-up and presentation of a substantial piece of academic and/or practice research;
4. evaluate and criticise received opinion and/or practice;
5. where appropriate, deploy creative abilities and technical competence;
6. where appropriate, manage relationships in order to achieve goals;
7. apply breadth and/or depth of knowledge to a complex specialist area;


There is no syllabus with this module, though a generic reading list will be provided. Students will meet with supervisors and submit drafts or documentation of work at regular intervals throughout semester two.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Research Class12.002.00
Supervision Meetings51.005.00
Mini Conference18.008.00
Private study hours581.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

How the hours devoted to this module (17-20 per week) are spent depends on the nature of the research being conducted (eg archival work, film viewing, secondary reading, undertaking practice research or other activity). Students will submit documentation or drafts of work to supervisors at specified intervals, in order to receive formative feedback.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive formative feedback on evidence of activity and/or drafts of written work to be provided to supervisors at regular intervals.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Multimodal Assessment10-12,000 word essay or dissertation or x2 Portfolio (Activity evidenced by documentation and 5-6,000 word reflective/critical account of process)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 15:25:50


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