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Independent Study - LAN00022H

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21
B Spring Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

The aim is to allow students to develop a detailed programme of study on a topic which, while falling within the broad areas of Linguistics or a language taught by the Department is beyond what is available in the teaching programme on offer to them.

Module learning outcomes

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

  • design a course of study in a chosen area of Linguistics
  • demonstrate an ability to read critically some of the research which has previously been undertaken in that area
  • bring to bear their prior knowledge of Linguistics to:
  • understand the main theoretical issues that have been raised in the literature on that topic
  • demonstrate an ability to critique and to summarise previous scholarship on the area of study

Module content


Students must have:

  • At least 40 credits in the appropriate background area of Linguistics

NB. Students may undertake no more than one Independent Study module in linguistics.

Contact hours

Eight hours to be arranged with the supervisor. A total of approximately 200 hours of independent work is required.

Registration procedure

Students are responsible for designing a course of study which will allow them to explore a topic area in depth. A student wishing to take such a module must consult (during the current academic year) a member of staff with expertise in the relevant background area on the feasibility of undertaking such a course of study. Once a relevant member of staff has agreed that they could in principle supervise such a course of study, they will provide the student with feedback on the plan they have designed. The plan must be approved by a sub-committee of the Board of Studies, no later than the term prior to that in which the module is to be undertaken.

Download and complete a proposal form from the Department website. Students should make a detailed proposal of their plans, for discussion with a potential supervisor, giving information on:

  • The content of the module
  • An outline of the work that needs to be conducted
  • A preliminary timetable for completion of the work

Permission will not be given to students to take this module unless the supervising member of staff and the approval committee see adequate evidence that the proposed work is realistic and feasible.

NB. Until the project has been approved, students will be required to register for an alternative module.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

You can expect feedback during discussion and presentation sessions as you develop your project.

Summative assessment and feedback

A 5000-word essay or project report

Feedback: You will be allowed to see your project report with comments on it within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

To be determined by the student in consultation with the module tutor.

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.