GSAC40260 Dissertation (Medieval Studies)

Academic Year 2023/2024

The Dissertation is an opportunity to conduct original research in a relevant area of medieval studies. Guided by a supervisor, the student will choose a topic of his or her choice, work on relevant primary sources and secondary literature, and write a dissertation of around 12,000 words. This module is designed to deepen the student’s understanding of a particular topic, and also to develop generic research skills appropriate for an MA graduate in the field.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this module the student should have:
- a detailed understanding of a particular topic in Medieval Studies.
- experience of working effectively with primary source materials.
- experience of engaging with the work of other scholars.
- experience of presenting a substantial piece of written work in a scholarly manner.
- developed generic research skills appropriate to the field.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module fostered individual research skills and deepens knowledge of the particular topic. Guided by a supervisor, the student chooses a topic, works on relevant primary sources and secondary literature, and writes a dissertation of around 12,000 words. 
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
Project: 12,000 word thesis Unspecified n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
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?

Feedback is given throughout the academic year in face-to-face meetings with the dissertation supervisor. After grading, feedback is given by appointment.