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MCH8599 : Research Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 55
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The aim of the module is to provide an opportunity for a sustained piece of research that relates to issues raised during the taught modules of the programme.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students are required to attend briefings and lectures. In addition, students will have regular meetings with their allocated supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1200:00200:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00On-campus lectures (can be delivered online if necessary)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00On-campus writing group sessions (can be delivered online if necessary)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00On-campus meetings as and when required, by arrangement with supervisor (online if necessary).
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1377:00377:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time60:303:00Drop-in Q&A following the lectures. Synchronous online.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture: On-campus structured guided learning to help students on the module to plan the various stages of the dissertation, from formulating a research question to developing a research strategy and writing up research findings.

Drop-in/surgery: Synchronous online drop-in sessions to clarify any questions about the lecture materials.

Workshop: On-campus writing group sessions to support students to develop their writing skills and maintain a regular writing pattern.

Dissertation-related supervision: 1:1 individual supervision meeting to support dissertation development.

Assessment preparation and completion: This category enables students to complete their dissertations

Guided independent study: This broad category refers to independent student activity and covers the range from reading and preparation through to situations where students are required to work without staff supervision or where students are required to undertake very specific pieces of work.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10012,000 – 15,000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Research proposal3Moutline proposal
Research proposal3Mdetailed proposal if required by supervisor
Written exercise3Methics approval form
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A Masters-level academic dissertation must be an original piece of work and not simply a synthesis of existing knowledge. It requires the gathering and analysis of new material, the development of original arguments and the presentation of conclusions and recommendations. To be successful the dissertation will need careful planning and preparation.

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