AH30080 Art History Dissertation Module

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is intended for advanced final-year Art History students. Before registering, please contact the module co-ordinator, Prof. Lynda Mulvin, to ascertain your eligibility. AH30080 involves researching and writing a dissertation of 4,000-6,000 words under the supervision of one of the teaching staff. There will be a small number of introductory classes. The topic of the dissertation will be agreed between the student and the supervisor, and should be constructed around an argument and be realisable with the limited timeframe of the trimester. Unlike other undergraduate modules, students taking AH30080 are expected to work for the most part independently and to demonstrate initiative in developing their topic. The dissertation is an exercise which will help to develop essential skills, including the study of written and visual sources, and the ability to present arguments cogently and to summarise findings in a coherent manner.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
- research independently
- present their findings in a scholarly manner
- apply the techniques of citation, annotation and bibliography.

Indicative Module Content:

This module largely involves independent research and writing to be carried out by the student under the supervision of an academic member of staff. There will be some introductory classes which will introduce students to sources and research skills, the importance of formulating a methodology and arguments,
and to the standards required of a good dissertation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students undertake a substantial written project (4,000-5,000 words) based on independent research and guidance from a designated supervisor. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AH10070 - Dublin: Its Museums

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: 5,000 word dissertation Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: 1,500 word interim draft Week 6 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Abstract and bibliography Week 3 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will have access to a designated supervisor throughout the research and writing process. After the dissertation has been submitted and graded, students can make an appointment with their supervisor to discuss their performance.

Name Role
Ms Carla Briggs Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Philip Cottrell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Roisin Kennedy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor John Loughman Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Conor Lucey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Emily Mark-Fitzgerald Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Lynda Mulvin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 23, 24, 25 Mon 15:00 - 15:50