Postgraduate taught 

English Literature: Modernities - Literature, Culture, Theory MLitt

Modernities Dissertation ENGLIT5047P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Independent study resulting in dissertation of up to 15,000 words in length, on a research topic of the student's own devising, in consultation with a supervisor.


3-4 supervisorial meetings of 30 minutes to an hour each as arranged between student and supervisor.

Excluded Courses





1 dissertation of up to 15000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to:


develop and sustain an argument in an area of the student's personal research interest in the period 1880s-present day.

promote an engagement with other scholarly, critical, or theoretical arguments relevant to that area.

encourage the application of acquired research skills to a supervised project.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify an appropriate research topic, in consultation with their supervisor

■ Formulate an appropriate research question for their topic

■ Evaluate primary and secondary material for inclusion in an extended piece of writing at this level

■ Show their ability to summarise, comment on and analyse this material appropriately

■ Organise their work into a coherent, sustained argument of up to 15,000 words, with the potential for further development to MLitt or PhD standard.

■ Apply the research methods and skills learnt during the rest of the taught course to a programme of supervised independent study

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.