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Dissertation - CES00016M

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  • Department: Centre for 18th Century Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Catriona Kennedy
  • Credit value: 80 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

The taught MA dissertation should, in a project of between 14,000 and 16,000 words, examine a limited topic - usually related to one or more of the modules the student has studied during the course of the MA - in some depth. It should reflect the interdisciplinary character of the MA, and show intellectual enterprise, critical judgement, historical understanding, precise knowledge of primary materials, and adequate familiarity with secondary material; it should also be documented according to the recognized conventions of scholarly presentation.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

  • To explore one or more aspects of a subject arising from the MA course to which the student has subscribed, and to do so in greater depth than would be possible in the assessed modular essays.

Academic and graduate skills

  • The student will demonstrate the capacity to devise and execute a project of independent study, and show the ability to undertake research of some originality; the student will be expected to engage with, and on occasion challenge a wide range of secondary sources, to articulate an argument with clarity and precision, and to document their work with scholarly accuracy.


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
14000-16000 word dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Students will benefit from being able to make regular draft submissions of work in progress, and will receive regular written and/or verbal feedback on these.  Work will also be presented orally in supervision meetings and peer-to-peer discussions and draft swaps.



Module feedback

Graduands will receive copies of the examiners' reports (unattributed) in the Autumn following submission. 

Indicative reading

Reading for the dissertation will vary according to the scope of the project chosen by the student, but is likely to include texts which have been encountered on the other modules that make up the MA.


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.