Module code: HA7200

Module co-ordinator: James Chapman

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.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The dissertation will be supported with workshops advising students on the choice of their dissertation subject, how to formulate a research question and how to undertake advanced bibliographic research. These workshops will be held at the start of Semester 2 and will follow on from the Research Skills module in Semester 1. Each student will be appointed a supervisor who will provide further specific advice in defining the topic and who will read and comment on drafts. Tutorial support will be provided either individually or in small groups and will be available from the start of the academic year until the summer vacation. All students will be required to present their work-in-progress, including a dissertation plan, to other students and the teaching team in a Dissertation Seminar during Semester 2: this will be an important forum for providing feedback in addition to supervisory meetings.


  • Dissertation, 20,000 words (100%)