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SEL8510 : MA Linguistics Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Daniel Duncan
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0
European Credit Transfer System


The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to research a specialist subject in depth and, where appropriate, prepare themselves for doctoral study in the chosen area. It serves as the capstone of the MA in Linguistics by building on research skills and knowledge gained in the taught elements of the programme.

Outline Of Syllabus

The assessment to be completed for this project is research-based. There is no formal teaching component. Students will have received all training and skills needed for completion of the assignment in the modules leading up to this. The topic relates to previous modules and will be arranged in consultation with the DPD and the potential supervisor.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1592:00592:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation will give student an opportunity of researching a topic in depth, and of designing and carrying out an appropriate study in an area of linguistics.
Workshops guide students in
- Topic selection
- Understanding benchmarks for progress
Tutorials allow student and supervisor to
- ascertain progress
- identify problems
- plan study tactics
- develop an overall strategy for completion
and the supervisor to offer staged support through guided and progressively adjusted autonomous learning.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation3M10015,000-18,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation will allow student to demonstrate higher intellectual skills of understanding, analysis and critical evaluation, and will provide written evidence of all the learning outcomes

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