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MCH9502 : MLitt Heritage, Museums and Galleries Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Katie Markham
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 40.0
European Credit Transfer System


1. To enable students to undertake independent research of limited scale at postgraduate level in preparation for PhD study, or as a research Masters, as appropriate;
2. To introduce students to a range of research methodologies appropriate to their interests and previous experience and to the nature of Heritage, Museums and Galleries.
3. To enable students to apply appropriate research methodologies to relevant content, data or source material.
4. To enable students to organise and plan their research and to produce a coherent analysis, in the form of a dissertation.

This module consists of a detailed and innovative study which relates directly to the specific subject or theme of the MLitt, developing your MLitt topic through independent but guided research supported by supervision meetings. You will eventually produce an extensive piece of work.

Outline Of Syllabus

The dissertation should normally be between 16,000 and 24,000 words in length and consist of a detailed and innovative study which relates directly to the specific subject or theme of the MLitt. The subject of the dissertation must be extensively discussed and approved by the student’s supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1395:00395:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1198:00198:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00Online or (where possible) on-campus
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1197:00197:0025% of guided independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Dissertation/project-related supervision: This activity will enable the student to obtain one-to-one supervision with the allocated supervisor(s) in order to complete the dissertation.

Directed research and reading: The student will be guided to engage with relevant literature for the research topic.

Independent study: this activity will allow the student to consolidate their learning and pursue research related to the topic.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10016,000-24,000-word dissertation, to be completed in Semester 3
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation assesses students' knowledge and understanding of their chosen area of research and of the issues involved in it; their ability independently to apply skills of analysis and interpretative tools; and their skills of initiative, planning, organisation and adaptability in selecting and defining an appropriate topic, assembling relevant evidence and secondary material, outlining the approach to be taken, and organising a schedule for completing the various stages of the project. It also assesses their skills in written communication.

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