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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELU5009M Dissertation or Portfolio (MA TEAP)

60 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Milada Walková

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Sep, 1 Jun to 31 Jan View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

- Prior learning to Level 6 (undergraduate degree or equivalent)

- Either: a post graduate teaching qualification (Diploma; Post Graduate Certificate; Masters) and/or minimum 2 years fulltime or cumulative experience of teaching in higher education or teaching English for Specific Purposes.

- Minimum English language expertise at 7 overall in IELTS with a minimum of 7 in all components; C1 CEFR


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ELU5002MKnowledge, Politics and Cultures in Academia
ELU5003MText Analysis

Module replaces


This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

By completing this module students will develop an ability to conduct independent research or to design teaching in English for Academic Purposes in accordance with current research and scholarship and justify their professional choices. The work required of students on this module is to be done independently, supported by one-to-one supervision.


The module will provide students with an opportunity to consolidate the knowledge acquired throughout the programme and to apply it to a project on a topic of their choice. The project can be research-based and involve situating the project in the existing literature, designing the study, collecting and analysing data, and interpretation and evaluation of the results in relation to pedagogical practice and existing scholarship and research. Alternatively, the project can be orientated professionally and involve a collection of artefacts relevant for pedagogical practice, a rationale for their design, and a critical commentary situating the artefacts within the field.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge of a particular area of scholarship or research interest;

2. critically evaluate current issues and research in the given area;

3. investigate an issue within the area, selecting appropriate methods of analysis;

4. produce a well-structured piece of extended written work reflecting original scholarship or research;

5. discuss implications of their scholarship or research for professional practice.


The precise syllabus is to be agreed between the individual student, their supervisor and the module leader. It will combine compulsory units and additional elective units depending on the nature of the project.

Compulsory units may include content such as planning, designing and managing a research project or a portfolio of professional practice, writing up a dissertation or a portfolio, reviewing literature (desk research), and critical analysis of existing scholarship and research.

Content from other modules will be available as elective units.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours6.00
Private study hours585.00
Total Contact hours9.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive formative feedback on dissertation proposal or proposal for portfolio design (500 words) and feedback on drafts (focusing on methodology and analysis in dissertation or on artefacts and critical analysis in portfolio). The feedback will be provided by project supervisor at regular intervals throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written WorkOption A (Dissertation): 12,000-15,000 words Option B (Portfolio): 7,000-8,000 words plus 2-4 artefacts (depending on the nature of the artefact, around 1,000 – 1,500 words or around 20 min)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students choose to work either on a research-based dissertation or a portfolio of professional practice. Early in Semester 3 students indicate their chosen topic to the module leader and are assigned a supervisor.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/12/2023


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