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FOAH3000 Independent Research Project in Liberal Arts

40 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Caroline Starkey

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

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

This is an FYP module, so students will need to have completed L1 and L2 before commencing the FYP.

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The module provides the student with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of a theme or themes of their choosing. The form of the assessment is an extended writing assignment. Students will normally engage with a theme they have studied across their degree in previous years, and where appropriate they will be encouraged to make connections with the field represented in their major. Students need at least 40 credits in the discipline of their Final Year Project. The project will involve the use of interdisciplinary skills of enquiry. Students will follow the model of teaching for final year projects in the school of their chosen discipline.


To enable students to design and undertake a Final Year Project in Liberal Arts. Students will acquire independent research skills, interdisciplinary skills of enquiry, and the ability to use constructive feedback to improve their work.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of a specific field of enquiry
2. Demonstrate skills of cross-disciplinary enquiry
3. Demonstrate the skills of independent research
4. Demonstrate the relevant advanced critical and analytic skills associated with the chosen field of enquiry

Skills outcomes
Independent research

Interdisciplinary enquiry

Critical and analytical skills of enquiry

Time management

Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their work and use feedback to improve the quality of their work


Workshops (x5, semester 1) to aid in planning the project – generic skills of enquiry and research, time management, working with a supervisor, cross-disciplinarity.

Individual supervisions will be negotiated by the student with their supervisor(s). Depending on the chosen field, subject-relevant project briefings/support will be provided by the individual supervising schools.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings61.006.00
Private study hours389.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

This will depend on the nature of assessment, but will include some of: research, writing, preparing presentations, discussions with other students.

The teaching methods will be determined by the school you are supervised in (the 'Discipline School'). This can include a mixture of lectures, group sessions, and one-to-one supervision. You should check the module catalogue for the Discipline School you want to do your project in to see what model they use.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be an opportunity for formative feedback. The form this will take is determined by the
Discipline School (check the relevant module catalogue).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation10,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

10,000 words in total. Assessment will be appropriate to the subject area. Details are to be decided in discussion between student and supervisor. Projects are marked by the discipline school chosen, and double marked by Liberal Arts staff to ensure interdisciplinarity.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:19:42


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