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Unit information: Dissertation: Written in 2021/22

Unit name Dissertation: Written
Unit code FATVM0011
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Jimmy Hay
Open unit status Not open

Completion of relevant mandatory units in TB1 and TB2 and progress at June Exam Board



School/department Department of Film and Television
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

All MA students are expected to take one of three optional dissertation units. The optional unit will provide a structured and supervised opportunity for MA students to pursue independently an agreed topic of interest with reference to and emerging from their previous studies and to produce an advanced piece of research. The unit involves devising a realisable topic, which has the potential to contribute to knowledge of the subject. After a conducting a survey of literature and other relevant materials, appropriate methodologies will be devised in order to explore a research problem. It would normally be expected that this topic would arise from work already undertaken on the programme, creating an opportunity to explore a specialist area in more detail.


1. To provide a focus for in-depth independent research

2. To establish a path for advanced research

3. To explore a range of possible methodological approaches

4. To gain in-depth knowledge of a specialist area

5. To present the findings in a dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. To be able to distinguish between a range of different research methods

2. To become familiar with existing work on a particular subject

3. To use that work in order to provide a focus for independent inquiry

4. To design a project that is realistic in scope

5. To gain substantial knowledge of a specific subject area

6. To make a sustained argument or intervention, in academic debate and/or in relation to the particular research problem, appropriate to the determined mode of assessment.

7. To be able to communicate that knowledge with clarity appropriate to the determined mode of assessment.

Teaching Information

Tutorials - supervision sessions.

Assessment Information

By written dissertation [15,000 words or equivalent].


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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