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SML9001 : Modern Languages MLitt Research Assignments

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jens R Hentschke
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 50
Semester 2 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 40.0
European Credit Transfer System


- To foster independent thinking and research through a series of structured assignments conceived by the student and developed in close consultation with a supervisor
- To prepare students for doctoral research where appropriate

Outline Of Syllabus

The MLitt is a flexible, individually-tailored research programme. In consultation with the primary supervisor, students write two, three, or four Research Assignments. The combined length of the Research Assignments is between 16,000 and 24,000 words.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study7901:00790:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

One to one consultation with a specialist supervisor ensures students receive expert support in their chosen area of research. The teaching methods closely resemble those at doctoral level, effectively preparing students for PhD study.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M100Research assignments – combined length between 16,000 and 24,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module shall be assessed by two, three or four essays (each of between 20 and 40 credits), consisting of research work to a total value of 80 credits. The number of essays, title, and their credit valency shall be negotiated between the student and the supervisor as DPD as part of the agreement of the Programme of study (see above). The details of each assignment, its title, credit valency will be notified to the PGR Director for ratification, and recorded on the MLitt Programme of Study form. These details may be modified by mutual agreement in the course of the degree programme. Maximum word limits for essays: for 20 credit assignments, 4000 words; for 30 credit assignments 6000 words; for 40 credit assignments 8000 words

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