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SEL8530 : Research project for IPhD students

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Daniel Duncan
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The Research Project for IPhD students helps the students prepare for the research phase of the IPhD programme and helps them apply the methodology and/or theory introduced in the taught modules to a novel research project. The 15,000-word project encourages students to design their proposed research topic and provides an opportunity to enhance analytical and writing skills.

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. They will meet with the allocated advisors for the project up to 3 times between June and August to discuss progress and seek advice on theoretical and methodological issues arising.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1981:00198:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1981:00198:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision31:003:00up to 3 1-2-1 student-supervisor meetings June-August
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1981:00198:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The taught modules undertaken in Semesters 1 and 2 (and in particular the compulsory module SEL8531) equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake independent study and research. Workshop sessions guide students in topic selection and understanding benchmarks for project progress. Supervision sessions provide students with direction and advice for research plans. These sessions are also opportunities for interim oral feedback prior to the submission of the 15,000-word research project.
Independent study enables students to undertake relevant reading, investigate relevant areas, execute independent research, and develop their methodology before writing up their projects.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper3M10015,000 WORD RESEARCH PAPER
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The research paper will demonstrate students’ ability to:
•       develop research questions
•       develop an appropriate research design
•       (where relevant to the proposed thesis project) identify and execute appropriate methods of data collection and analysis
•       identify and account for relevant theoretical frameworks
•       account for, evaluate, and synthesise relevant literature
The research paper should also demonstrate the feasibility of research that will be undertaken in Years 2-4 of the IPhD programme.

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