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Module UXS-4100:
MRes Humanities: Dissertation

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

120 Credits or 60 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Steffan Thomas

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To enable students to put into practice the analytical, research and cognitive skills developed during semester one.

  2. To enable students to undertake a major piece of research or an extended practical translation or a creative project providing essential knowledge for further study at M.Phil or doctoral level.

  3. To enable students to gain profound knowledge of an area related to the course and to develop their ideas and research skills independently.

Course content

With guidance, students will be asked to choose a topic of their own for further research, They will be expected to produce an independently researched and produced piece which will reflect and prove the knowledge and skills they have acquired during the taught modules. The topic chosen may be specific to one culture or comparative.

Assessment Criteria


C/50% Summarizes relevant scholarship in an area; capable of recognising the most obvious counter-arguments; documents the majority of sources correctly; structures exposition and arguments clearly.


B/60% Capable of original insights, though not always exploring or recognising their full significance; shows a critical understanding of the relevant scholarship in the field; structures exposition and arguments clearly.


A/70% Work presented to a standard which would be acceptable for publication in an appropriate specialist journal; demonstrates critical understanding of relevant scholarship, and places original insights in the context of that scholarship.

Learning outcomes

  1. The effective management of material and time in producing a substantial piece of independently researched work.

  2. The ability to apply critical, research, and analytical and/or practical and technical skills developed over semesters one and two.

  3. To argue a case convincingly, showing depth of knowledge and critical understanding of the chosen topic.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
DISSERTATION MRes / MA Dissertation (PGR) 100

Teaching and Learning Strategy

  1. One-to-one meetings with the supervisor to a minimum of 8 hours. Extra meetings or e-mail contact can be arranged.

  2. Detailed plan drawn up to assist with time management and progress.

Individual Project

Personal Study


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • An understanding of creative and critical processes, and of the wide range of skills inherent in creative writing. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • An awareness of writing and publishing contexts, opportunities and audiences in the wider world (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.1).
  • Artistic engagement and ability to articulate complex ideas in oral and written forms. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Ability to connect creative and critical ideas between and among forms, techniques and types of creative and critical praxis. (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • The ability to synthesize information from various sources, choosing and applying appropriate concepts and methods (English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Ability to formulate and solve problems, anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Ability to engage in processes of drafting and redrafting texts to achieve clarity of expression and an appropriate style. (English Benchmark Statement 3.3; NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2).
  • Ability to gather information, analyse, interpret and discuss different viewpoints (NAWE Creative Writing Benchmark Statement 3.2; English Benchmark Statement 3.3).
  • Intellectual skills shared with other disciplines – research and exploration, reasoning and logic, understanding, critical judgement, assimilation and application
  • Skills of communication and interaction – oral and written communication, public presentation, team-working and collaboration, awareness of professional protocols, sensitivity, ICT skills, etc.
  • Skills of personal management – self-motivation, self-critical awareness, independence, entrepreneurship and employment skills, time management and reliability, organisation, etc.


Talis Reading list

Reading list

An extensive reading list will be required to produce the dissertation. This would be determined by the subject and methodological approach of the dissertation.

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: