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Long Essay (Diploma) - ARC00089M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Kevin Walsh
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module summary

not applicable, as this is only used for a Diploma as exit award

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The purpose of the Extended Essay is to allow students to undertake a substantial piece of independent, desk-based research on a subject of their own choosing. The Extended Essay will allow them to apply research and study skills acquired during their 1st and 2nd terms and to work with the guidance of one or more members of academic staff

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an informed understanding of their chosen subject and of relevant disciplinary theoretical frameworks
  • execute a programme of desk-based research, working independently
  • synthesise and critically evaluate a range of secondary (literature-based) evidence
  • structure a substantial piece of written work
  • present a written essay to professional standards, including appropriate graphical and text presentation skills
  • manage their time effectively and complete a substantial piece of independent work to deadline

Module content

Students will have been enrolled on the Essential Skills at Master’s Level module wherein dedicated lectures and workshops on dissertation preparation will have been taught. Students will have submitted a research proposal in February as part of that module, preparing them for the writing of their Extended Essay in the Summer Term. Students will participate in a Dissertation Workshop in Week 2 of the Summer Term where they will discuss their Extended Essay research and receive feedback from peers and tutors. In addition the students will be expected to hand in drafts to their supervisors and to arrange meetings over the Summer Term to discuss their progress.


Task Length % of module mark
Diploma Long Essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Diploma Long Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Oral and written feedback on drafts will be given to students during supervisorials

Indicative reading

not applicable

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