Postgraduate taught 

Film & Television Studies MLitt

Research Methods and Dissertation Preparation FTV5068

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to a range of research methodologies relevant to the study of film and television. In its first half, the course takes an applied approach to teaching and learning, engaging students in practical exercises and field visits. In the second half, the focus is on dissertation preparation and development.


10 x 3 hr workshops

2 x 3hr screenings

2 x 2hr field visits over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Group Presentation (20 mins) 20% Group mark

Individual Learning Log (1500 words) 10%

Dissertation Research Proposal (2000 words) 30%

Dissertation Literature Review (3000 words) 40%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Assist students in the identification of dissertation topics and in the preparation of dissertation proposals

■ Develop students' skills in utilising film and TV studies research methodologies

■ Contextualise students' learning through an engagement with local film and television organisations

■ Develop students' research and presentations skills in both group and individual work

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Formulate research questions and report on findings within a variety of contexts and formats

■ Devise a dissertation proposal, supported by an initial literature review

■ Implement a group project, from the initial generation of a research question to the oral presentation of a project proposal

■ Incorporate particular film and TV studies research methodologies within their own projects

■ Relate their academic training to the operations of aspects of the screen industries

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.