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Third year modules

In the third year, you will choose two 40-credit modules, a Special Topic in the autumn term, and then an Assessed Seminar in the spring and summer terms. The Special Topics are linked directly to staff research interests, so you will be engaging with the most up-to-date research and debates in each subject. The same is true of the Assessed Seminars, but here you will be required to design and chair your own seminar for your classmates.

You may choose any module that you are interested in, although some will be more relevant depending on your particular degree course. Note that not every option listed here will be available every year, but we always aim to provide a broad range of choices, and these listed below should give you an idea of the breadth of topics which we cover.

Throughout the year, you will also take the Dissertation and Assessed Lecture module, which consists of workshops and independent research and writing, culminating in the submission of your dissertation and delivering a conference-style presentation on your dissertation findings at the end of the year. You will have done the Research Skills module in the second year which helps you prepare for this, and you will also be given supervision by a member of staff.
Not all of the option modules listed below run every year, but each year we offer a range of modules suitable for our different degree courses.

Dissertation and Assessed Lecture (workshops, independent study, and student lectures)


Seminars are always enjoyable and a great medium for exploring topics. I also think that the Department’s handling of theory in the first year provides a very secure foundation for later study.