CEH30020 Dissertation

Academic Year 2023/2024

The dissertation forms the capstone of the degree in Classics, English and History. Building upon the skills, knowledge, and methods that have been developed over the course of the programme, students will work directly with an academic supervisor to create an independently researched dissertation. Students will propose a topic, work with primary and secondary sources, and develop and articulate an argument in a substantial piece of polished writing (8000 words).

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

- Demonstrate their ability to create an independently designed piece of work through research.
- Define clearly and articulate research questions.
- Construct an appropriate and coherent argument
- Work with relevant primary and secondary sources
- Present the results of their research/creative work in a coherent, polished, and professional manner

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Project Supervision


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The dissertation or creative project naturally demands a substantial amount of independent work to conceive, research, execute, and edit the final product. That being said, students will work closely with an academic supervisor who will provide them with structured support through each stage of the process. In this sense, students will learn to strike a balance between task-based and reflective modes of learning. Students will meet with their supervisor early on in the trimester to establish expectations in terms of meetings and draft-reading. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ENG30970 - Dissertation Research Methods, HIS30550 - Research Skills Seminar

Additional Information:
Students must also complete EITHER ENG 30970 Dissertation Research Methods OR HIS 30550

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Students will be assessed on an 8000 word dissertation or creative project based on a proposal and research plan agreed with the assigned supervisor. Coursework (End of Trimester) 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
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The dissertation will be developed through regular meetings with and feedback from a supervisor in 1:1 meetings. This will include guidance on approaches, suggested reading, development of arguments, as well as specific feedback on drafts delivered according to a schedule agreed between student and supervisor.

Name Role
Dr Martin Brady Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Michael Staunton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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