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CAC8107 : Independent Research Project (Classics) (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sally Waite
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aim of this module is to allow MA students to first develop and then demonstrate their mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge and skills relating to their chosen area of Classics.

It is understood that the topic will be in some way aligned with the research expertise of staff in Classics and Ancient History (see staff webpages for details, but note that a specialised list of staff expertise will be made available on Canvas).

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus content will be dictated by the topic selected by the student.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion871:0087:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading871:0087:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Introductory seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The introductory seminar provides students with information concerning the module. Tutorials provide an opportunity for online or in person one-to-one discussion of the topic in question with the member of staff designated to supervise the project. In the tutorial(s) the student will have the opportunity to discuss the viability of potential topics in initial meetings after which they will receive detailed advice and feedback relating to the project as it unfolds.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2A100Research assignment (3500 words), including footnotes and excluding bibliography
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal2Mannotated bibliography and source list - 500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 3500 word research paper will allow the student to undertake a piece of extended writing on their chosen topic - thereby demonstrating their mastery of a complex and specialised area of knowledge and skills relating to the study of Classics. The formative assessment lays the ground work for their research and facilitates early discussion of bibliography and evidence base.

By developing advanced knowledge of an area which may have been identified as a training need but remains separate from the dissertation, students taking the Independent Research Project will be able to establish a firm foundation for future study by acquiring knowledge or skills that either fall outside or go some way beyond those taught within the core modules of the MA programme and/or other study options currently on offer.

The Independent research Project may prove particularly beneficial for students going on to PhD study who require in-depth training in a specific subject area prior to their undertaking further research on a different area for their dissertation; but it will also help students to develop skills that are transferable to a variety of contexts beyond academia.

No variation of deadline will be allowed except on production of medical or equivalent evidence.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All of the assessments for this module will be submitted and marked online.

Reading Lists