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Dissertation - MST00011M

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  • Department: Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Sarah Rees Jones
  • Credit value: 80 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Summer Term 2021-22 to Summer Vacation 2021-22

Module aims

The research dissertation is the opportunity for students to demonstrate their ability to apply skills developed during the taught modules to a topic of their choosing, selected with support from tutors and supervisors.  Students will be expected to demonstrate the following: their ability to plan and manage projects; use a range of traditional and electronic sources to address the research question; further develop their drafting and editing skills; present research in a coherent and professional manner.

Module learning outcomes

  • To identify a research question and to analyse and interpret primary and secondary sources
  • To develop the ability to assess and critique the research of others
  • To develop clear and concise writing and editing skills
  • To develop critical thinking and intellectual independence
  • To demonstrate the ability to contextualise research and use methodological processes to structure arguments
  • To develop the ability to plan and lead structured projects to time


Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
20,000 word dissertation
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Graduate/Postgraduate Dissertation
20,000 word dissertation
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback to students will be provided in a timely manner, dependent on the timing of Exam Boards. Students should expect their results for the Dissertation and the MA as a whole to be confirmed within 8 weeks.

Indicative reading

Key reading will vary based on advice provided by each student's individual Dissertation Supervisor.

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