MCH9502 : MLitt Heritage, Museums and Galleries Dissertation

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 40.0


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 16,000-24,000 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 completion1198:00198:0025% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1395:00395:0050% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1197:00197:0025% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The balance between contact and non-contact time will be a matter for negotiation between the student and the programme director and will depend upon the nature of the assignment. Students will be offered a minimum of two hours' supervision for each one-module unit of study in addition to the initial meeting at which the assignments are agreed.

The component will be delivered within a seminar framework and will consist of a range of teaching and learning methods. In order to achieve the intended knowledge and skills outcomes the following will be used: presentations by teachers, seminar discussions and student presentations.

• Guided Independent Study: to facilitate intended knowledge outcomes, and to develop both cognitive and key skills (e.g., independent learning techniques, self-motivation, time-management) by providing a structured task for the student to complete independently

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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