Module summary

Module code: MEDS1162
Level: 6
Credits: 60
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Design
Module Coordinator(s): Hannah Lammin / Maria Korolkova


Pre and co requisites



The 60-credit dissertation provides an opportunity to students to apply their knowledge and understanding acquired during the taught courses to investigate a specific topic related to their field of study within culture and media. The dissertation also affords students an opportunity to demonstrate their research and analytical skills in the form of a substantial written project, which can support future studies and/or professional preparation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Formulate and plan an independent research project. (Planning)

2 Apply a range of research methodologies to support the acquisition of detailed knowledge in an agreed area of enquiry. (Methods)

3 Work within a scholarly context relevant to the project, using specialist references and terminology. (Scholarship)

4 Apply a critical understanding of the main theoretical concerns in the selected area of research. (Critical reflection)

5 Apply practice-based skills, including, writing a proposal, assessing health & safety and ethical implications of the study, group working arrangements (where appropriate), plan delivery and milestones. (Project management)

6 Communicate results using appropriate academic conventions and referencing. (Presentation)

Indicative content

This is a staged learning experience, with preparation and guidance taking place throughout the process. Students identify their topic, submit a request for supervision (the Proposal), and are expected to research independently with the support of the supervisor. Students are supported in the formulation and planning of their projects in a series of seminars in Term 1. Further supervision is on an individual basis.

Teaching and learning activity

Scheduled seminars: All dissertation students attend seminars in Term 1 supporting the formulation and development of a Proposal. Seminar sessions in Term 2 on shaping the final outcome, presenting key insights, and preparing for the Presentation (summative assessment) at the Degree Show Symposium on student research.
Tutorials: Students meet regularly with their supervisor to discuss progress and present milestone outputs (e.g., individual chapters, primary data, visualisations).


Dissertation - 80% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 2 - 5.
Outline Details - A substantial written research project appropriate to its scholarly and professional context. 10,000 words.

Proposal - 10% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcome 1.
Outline Details - A detailed plan of a research project.

Presentation - 10% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcome 6.
Outline Details - A presentation at the Degree Show Symposium.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment - Chapters, drafts.