ARCH41140 MSc Dissertation

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module is established to enable you to submit your Master's Minor Thesis (otherwise known as a dissertation). During the course of conducting your research for this module, you should stay in contact with your assigned supervisor, who will advise you and read some of your dissertation draft work.

The deadline for submission is in mid-August, with the exact date varying year on year. Please contact the School Office or Graduate Director for more information.

Your dissertation will be marked by two members of academic staff (not your supervisor) and may be reviewed by the School's External Examiner.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this module you will have:
1) Conducted, and usually designed, an independant research project
2) Produced a major piece of academic writing (the Minor Thesis)
3) Learned to work in a research setting, and to overcome challenges and hurdles inherent in carrying out research
4) Become part of a research community

Through researching and producing your dissertation, you are expected to develop and demonstrate skills in:
- independent thinking and higher research
- project management
- production (writing, editing, lay-out, copy-editing) of a major piece of research work, usually by writing of a dissertation

Your research will probably also lead to you becoming more confident and confident with:
- digital work places
- communicating with the public
- heritage regulation and management issues
- integrating large datasets and research concepts
- conducting archaeological field and/or laboratory investigations

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Independent supervised research 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Master's Minor Thesis Unspecified 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, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Your supervisor will give you guidance and may read and comment on aspects of your dissertation. Your supervisor will not comment on the interpretation/discussion chapters. Feedback on the assessed work will be provided by two markers on a mark sheet. The external examiner may also provide feedback on your work.

Name Role
Dr Jess Beck Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Joanna Bruck Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Neil Carlin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Helen Lewis Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Meriel McClatchie Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Barry Molloy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Rob Sands Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Jessica Smyth Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Graeme Warren Lecturer / Co-Lecturer