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Unit information: Supervised Individual Study in 2018/19

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing and student choice.

Unit name Supervised Individual Study
Unit code AFACM0008
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Mr. Metelerkamp
Open unit status Open




School/department Arts Faculty Office
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This faculty-wide unit is open to students on any MA programme in the faculty. It will enable students to pursue a defined and focused specialist interest under the guidance of a member of academic staff. Through this unit, students have the opportunity to explore particular topics, either in more depth than is offered within existing taught units,and/or in a more self-directed way. The student will be expected to draft a proposal for the study and to approach an appropriate member of staff as a potential supervisor. Students who are appropriately qualified or trained may develop a practical project as a Supervised Individual Study.


This unit will enable students to:

  • Identify a suitable topic for a small-scale independent research project
  • Structure their patterns of study independently
  • Conduct a small-scale independent research project
  • Produce a 5,000 word essay or other appropriate and equivalent documentation, artefact or presentation as agreed with the supervisor.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit students will have:

  • Developed their knowledge and understanding of their particular topic and method of research
  • Demonstrated a capacity to approach research in an appropriately conceived and structured way, making use of appropriate methodologies
  • Structured their own independent patterns of study
  • Produced a 5,000 word essay or equivalent documentation, artefact or presentation as agreed with the supervisor.

Teaching details

Individual tutorials (normally 3 hours); guided reading; independent study and research.

Assessment Details

5000 word essay or equivalent documentation of practice, artefact or presentation, as agreed with supervisor (100%)

Reading and References

Dependent on the area of study.