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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PECI5107M Independent Research Project (MA)

60 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Prof. Joslin McKinney

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Aug (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications


Module replaces

PECI5212M, PECI5603M, PECI5503M Research perspectives

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module provides students with the theoretical and methodological knowledge that will enable them to carry out an independent piece of research in the field of Performance and Cultural Industries
The objectives of the module are to
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of the researcher within Performance and the Cultural Industries
- Identify and evaluate the principal methods and methodologies of research relevant to the field
- Identify ethical issues in research, and know how to apply/implement appropriate measures, including ethical review
- Carry out an independent research project in the field of Performance and Cultural Industries

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to
1. Devise, plan and execute an extended research project in the field of performance and cultural industries;
2. Identify and make effective use of appropriate methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and source materials to address a research question
3. Display an understanding of the relationship between enquiry, evidence and interpretation appropriate to their programme of study;
4. Demonstrate a degree of intellectual confidence and independence of thought
5. Present work to a high standard, in clear English and with appropriate apparatus.


Students develop their perspectives and skills as emergent researchers through a series of topic-based lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The module will include a number of lectures shared with students on other MAs within PCI. In the first semester, the student will attend 5 lecture, 5 seminars and 3 two-hour practical session. In the second term, they will attend 5 lectures, 5 seminars and 2 practical workshops on research methods. These lectures will cover topics of general relevance to Performance and Cultural Industries, and therefore to all postgraduates in the School. In addition, students will work exclusively within their own programme group, to allow time for focus on subject-specific research methodologies and approaches, in preparation for specialist Research Project proposals.

Generic lecture/seminar topics delivered in the first half of the module will include:

Contrasting forms and models of research in the Performing Arts and Cultural Industries;
The roles and responsibilities of Arts and Humanities research;
Ethical considerations in research;
Resources and data gathering/analysis;
Evaluating sources and writing a literature review;
Understanding the research process and developing a proposal

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours567.50
Total Contact hours32.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Private Study and Independent Learning - Detail private study and independent learning outside formal classes as a guide to students about what is expected from them for the module
12 x 5 hour preparation for lectures – 60 hours
Preparation for tutorials and ethical clearance 5.5 hours
Preparing research proposal 40 hours
Field work or practice and writing of research project 460 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In term 1, students will receive formative feedback during seminars and workshops. In term 2, will receive formative feedback on their proposal in tutorials, plus formative feedback on their ethics form and draft chapters of the research project in supervision meetings.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentOption 1 Research project 10-12,000 words OR Option 2 and 3a hybrid submission formed out of practice (in the form of appropriate documentation) or professional report and a written exegesis. The percentage amount of practice and exegesis will be negotiated individually with supervisors; the written exegesis should remain within 4000-7000 word range.100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students choose between option 1 and 2 above based on the proposal assessment in consultation with their supervisor

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/09/2023 09:01:37


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