Module code: HA7200

Module Outline

The Research Methods module will prepare students to research and write a dissertation on a subject of their choice. They will be given an appropriate supervisor within the course team. While the dissertation is essentially a piece of independent research, students will be supported by skills workshops and work-in-progress seminars that will give them the opportunity to discuss their research with staff and other students.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The learning outcome for the Dissertation Module is to be able to research and write a substantial piece of independent (supervised) work on a subject of the students' choice. In successfully completing the dissertation students will have demonstrated their ability to identify a suitable topic, to plan and carry through a programme of research, and to present that research in a form appropriate for postgraduate work and observing correct scholarly conventions.


  • 3 hours of seminars
  • 10 hours of project supervision
  • 887 hours of guided independent study


  • Dissertation, 25,000 words (100%)