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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CLAS3200 Major Research Project

40 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Bev Back

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

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

CLAS3100Researching the Ancient World

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The major dissertation requires the student to design their own 12,000-word project on any topic, subject to approval from a potential supervisor and the module coordinator.


- To provide students with the opportunity to explore a chosen topic in Classics or Classical Civilisation independently and in depth.
- To give students experience in the planning and execution of a very substantial independent research project.

Learning outcomes
Students completing this module are expected to have acquired:
- a greatly enhanced knowledge of their chosen topic;
- an understanding of the methodological issues and problems involved in the study of their chosen topic.

Skills outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a range of subject-specific skills, including an ability to analyse critically various forms of primary evidence.
- demonstrate a range of transferable skills, including written expression, the organisation of personal study, and use of printed and online information sources.


Directed reading for an approved topic in Classics or Classical Civilisation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours395.00
Total Contact hours5.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

Reading/online research (as appropriate to the chosen topic) + writing up.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contact with supervisor throughout the year. Students will receive a total of 4 hours' one-to-one supervision, distributed throughout the year by arrangement with their supervisor. Submission of 1,000-word plan in December and draft chapter (or equivalent) before the Easter vacation.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationDissertation of approx. 12,000 words. Details of procedure and advice on choosing a topic are provided in a module handbook supplied to the student no later than Week 12 of Semester 2 in their second year. Most will receive the handbook earlier than this, via a special lecture in the related Level 2 core module CLAS2800 Evidence and Enquiry in Classics.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: 28/04/2023 14:37:49


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