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SML9002 : Modern Languages Dissertation

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


- To produce a dissertation that extends the research knowledge and skills acquired on Researcher Education and Development HSS modules through a more substantial and sustained piece of writing.
- 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 a dissertation of 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
Dissertation3A100MLitt dissertation: 16,000-18,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A dissertation of between 16,000-18,000 words in length including footnotes and appendices but excluding bibliography shall be handed in by the third Friday in September of the final year of study. The final title shall be agreed between student and supervisor at the latest by the beginning of Summer Research Period (for full-time students) and by the beginning of Semester 2 (Year Two) for part-time students. Minor modifications of wording of the title may be agreed up to submission. The title will be notified to the PGR Director when agreed and recorded on the MLitt Programme of Study Form.

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