MUS41130 Dissertation

Academic Year 2023/2024

*** Not available in the academic year indicated above ***

In this module, students will research and write a dissertation of 15,000 to 18,000 words, working under the supervision of a full-time member of faculty who advises on the research and writing process. Regular contact between the student and his/her supervisor is essential.
The dissertation should provide a competent survey of the selected subject and reflect conflicting opinions as well as recent publications, assessing them critically. The development of critical and independent thinking and the ability to make an original contribution to a scholarly discourse are crucial aspects of this module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students will enhance their ability to
- develop and confirm a research hypothesis;
- structure an extended research paper;
- develop the ability to assess the literature critically;
- summarise the development and latest state of a scholarly discourse;
- make an original contribution to a scholarly discourse.

Indicative Module Content:

Devising a hypothesis, finding and assessing adequate sources, planning and executing a medium-sized essay.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Project Supervision


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
- Critical writing
- Enquiry & problem-based learning
- Active / task-based learning
- Reflective learning 
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
Essay: A dissertation of 15,000 to 18,000 words. Throughout the 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, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided after the grading of the dissertation.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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