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ENGL3041 Final Year Project

40 creditsClass Size: 300

School of English

Module manager: Dr Emma Trott

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

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

ENGL3005Textual Editing Project
ENGL3022English Language Dissertation
ENGL3042The Practical Essay
ENGL3800Creative Writing Project

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The Final Year Project is a 40-credit, two-semester module that allows you to pursue an independent research project, reflecting and developing the skills and interests you have acquired throughout your degree. This 8,000 word dissertation is understood as the pinnacle of your undergraduate study, as it enables you to design, shape and direct your own autonomous research project. You will be guided throughout the module by lectures and individual meetings with a supervisor: an academic expert who has substantial experience in researching and writing for publication. The Final Year Project marks the point at which students truly become members of a disciplinary group.


This module encourages independent, self-directed learning, providing a culmination to the research strand emphasised in other modules. It fosters a wide variety of responses to the challenges it offers students, since any final year project might take one of a number of forms. Most importantly, it promotes academic creativity and the exploration of individual intellectual interests.

Learning outcomes
1. Students will obtain knowledge appropriate to their chosen research project.
2. Students will develop research skills through the guided work of planning an autonomous research project.
3. Students will develop skills of time management by taking responsibility for an autonomous research project.
4. Students will develop skills of independent working, selection, discrimination, and prioritisation in managing their research.
5. Students will enhance existing skills of critical and flexible thinking.
6. Students will develop skills of academic writing and argument in writing up research.

Skills outcomes
Research skills particular to English language and literary studies; referencing and presentational skills; management of a literary or related argument; possibly, experience of working between literary/ language studies and another humanities discipline


The Dissertation
Writing a dissertation gives you the opportunity to specialize in a topic of your choice. It is a unique chance to explore in detail the interests that you have developed during your undergraduate career. The whole field of English literature is available to you: you might choose to conduct research on an author, period, or genre that you encountered earlier in your degree, or to work on a subject that you have not previously studied.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings40.502.00
Group learning41.004.00
Private study hours390.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

The Final Year Project is based on your self-directed research and writing, but you will be provided with a range of guidance and resources to support your work. You will be allocated a supervisor, who will read drafts of your work and with whom you will have individual supervisions throughout the year (1.5 hours in total). There will be a programme of lectures, and you will be encouraged to attend some of the many research events that take place in the School.

These activities will account for the vast majority of hours of study for this module.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback is provided through individual supervisions, in which supervisors offer written and verbal commentary on research plans and drafts of writing. Feedback from the first assessment, a project report, is formative for the second assessment. Another opportunity for formative feedback on a draft is provided during the second semester.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationDissertation, (8000 words)80.00
ProjectSynopsis plus writing sample (2000 words).20.00
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: 10/10/2023 17:00:26


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