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MCH8599: Research Dissertation

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Areti Galani
  • Lecturer: Dr Katie Markham, Dr Gayle Meikle, Dr Gonul Bozoglu, Dr Joanne Sayner, Dr Alistair Robinson, Professor Christopher Whitehead, Dr Areti Galani, Professor Rhiannon Mason, Mr Iain Wheeldon
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 55
ECTS Credits:  30.0 


The aim of the module is to provide an opportunity for a sustained piece of research that relates to issues raised during the taught modules of the programme.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students are required to attend briefings, lectures and a workshop. In addition, students will have regular meetings with their allocated supervisor.

Teaching Methods


Student Hours
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Lecture 8 1:00 8:00 On-campus lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Dissertation/project related supervision 6 1:00 6:00 On-campus meetings as and when required, by arrangement with supervisor (online if necessary).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Scheduled on-line contact time 2 1:00 2:00 Drop-in online sessions to support proposal preparation and ethics submission.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Workshops 8 1:00 8:00 On-campus and online live writing group sessions
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 1 200:00 200:00 N/A
Guided Independent Study Independent study  372:00  372:00 N/A 
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Module talk 2 1:00 2:00 Module introduction and assessment briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities  Workshops  2:00  2:00 Group workshop on campus 
Total     600:00    


Teaching Rationale and Relationship

Lecture: On-campus structured guided learning to help students on the module to plan the various stages of the dissertation, from formulating a research question to developing a research strategy and writing up research findings.

Drop-in/surgery: Synchronous online drop-in sessions to clarify any questions about the project proposal and the ethics form.

Workshop: There are two types of workshops: One group workshop to support student to develop the research question/aims/objectives of their project and on-campus writing group sessions to support students to develop their writing skills and maintain a regular writing pattern.

Dissertation-related supervision: 1:1 individual supervision meeting to support dissertation development.

Assessment preparation and completion: This category enables students to complete their dissertations.

Guided independent study: This broad category refers to independent student activity and covers the range from reading and preparation through to situations where students are required to work without staff supervision or where students are required to undertake very specific pieces of work.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment

DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Dissertation 1 3 A 100 12,000 - 15,000 words

Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessment

DescriptionWhen SetComment
Written exercise 1 M Ethics approval form

Formative Assessments

DescriptionSemesterWhen SetComment
Research proposal 1 2 M Outline proposal

Assessment Rationale and Relationship

A Masters-level academic dissertation must be an original piece of work and not simply a synthesis of existing knowledge.

It requires the gathering and analysis of new material, the development of original arguments and the presentation of conclusions and recommendations.

To be successful the dissertation will need careful planning and preparation.

Reading Lists

MCH8599's Reading List will be published prior to induction


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