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Dissertation (60 credits) - ARC00114M

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  • Department: Archaeology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Kevin Walsh
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module summary

The 60 credit dissertation comprises the production of a piece of independent research with academic guidance. The 60 credit dissertation is a piece of practice based reporting and/or research produced to professional standards, including appropriate graphical and text presentation skills. The preparation for the dissertation is supported by a range of lectures/workshops and resources that will review and discuss the skills required to successfully complete the dissertation.

Related modules

This dissertation format is only available to students studying on the following programmes: MA International Conservation Studies, MA Conservation of Historic Buildings, MA Cultural Heritage Management, MA Museums Studies, MSc Digital Heritage, MSc Digital Archaeology, MA Field Archaeology 

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Semester 2024-25

Module aims

The purpose of the 60 credit dissertation is to allow students to undertake a piece of independent research on a subject of their own choosing. The dissertation will allow them to apply research and study skills acquired during their taught modules 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:

  • execute a programme of professional, practice based reporting and/or research, working independently
  • demonstrate a specialist knowledge and understanding of their chosen subject
  • structure a extended piece of written work
  • present a written dissertation to professional standards, including appropriate graphical and text presentation skills
  • manage their time effectively and complete a piece of independent work to deadline
  • communicate their research through a lecture


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Formative: oral feedback from module leaders

Summative: written feedback within the University's turnaround policy

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