Module Catalogue 2023/24

CAC8090 : Dissertation for MA Classics and Ancient History (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sally Waite
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The aims of this module are:
To enable students to substantially deepen your knowledge of the ancient world.
To enable students to demonstrate advanced knowledge of an aspect of the ancient world and to carry out its study through independent scholarship.
To enable students to produce an extended piece of written work.

Outline Of Syllabus

Independent research under the guidance of a designated member of staff.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should have gained advanced knowledge of the topic chosen, and explored this topic in depth; students should be able to demonstrate familiarity with both the relevant ancient sources and the wider research context.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should:
• be able to carry out scholarly study and research of the topic chosen, including defining and solving
problems posed by the evidence.
• be able to plan and organise an extended piece of written work.
• be able to work independently, with appropriate supervision.
• be able to present the results of study in a scholarly manner.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1295:00295:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1146:00146:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops32:006:00In person 1 in semester 1 and 2 in semester 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00one in person and one online in Semester 3
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00online and/or in person to be arranged between supervisor and supervisee
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1141:00141:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module allows postgraduate students to undertake a detailed exploration of their chosen topic
in an extended piece of writing under the supervision of an experienced member of staff with
cognate research interests / expertise. The supervisor’s role is to provide a supportive framework
within which students gain the confidence, initiative and adaptability to undertake independent
research to a professional standard.

3 workshops provide a framework for supporting the selection of a topic, writing of aims and objectives and preparation of a research proposal.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10014,000 words (the word-limit includes footnotes but not bibliography)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal2Mprovisional outline form
Research proposal2MFinalised form
Research proposal2MResearch proposal 1,250 words which becomes the introduction of the dissertation.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is a postgraduate module designed to allow students to explore their chosen topics in some depth. Supervision is intended to provide a supportive framework for the student to gain the confidence, initiative and adaptability to start to work more independently, to develop their problem-solving skills, and also to develop the skills of planning, organising and writing an extended piece of work.

Outline forms 1 and 2 ensure students have selected a topic and are matched with a supervisor in good time. Form 2 allows students to identify and gain feedback on their aims and objectives ensuring they are fully prepared for the dissertation. Likewise formative assessment 3 allows students to outline their methodology and preliminary bibliography and gain feedback before they begin writing their dissertation. The dissertation tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module cannot be made available to exchange students under any circumstances. This applies to Erasmus, study-abroad, exchange proper and Loyola students equally.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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