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Unit information: Dissertation in 2015/16

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code ENGL39010
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lee
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of English
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The dissertation unit is designed to allow students of the iBAMH to develop their research interests in a particular area of the medical humanities programme. Students will write a dissertation of 6,500-8,000 words (including quotations and notes, excluding bibliography), on a relevant subject of their own choice (for example in English, Philosophy, the History of Medicine, Medical Humanities per se, or any combination of those), which has been agreed by the Unit Director or equivalent person. Depending on the subject, additional supervision from a clinician may be available, or a relevant person outside the University. Students will meet with their adviser(s), for up to a total of three hours of consultation, which may involve advice on reading, preparing a plan of the work and writing up. The iBAMH Dissertation should demonstrate abilities to search and assimilate information from a variety of sources and produce a well-reasoned account in clear academic prose.


Students will write a well-researched and well-reasoned dissertation of 6,500 to 8,000 words, written in clear academic prose, on a subject of their own choice (in English or Philosophy and History of Medicine or Philosophy of Science or any combination of these).

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will have learned to consolidate or integrate their learning in the disciplines they have studies in other units of the programme, in a sustained piece of discursive (descriptive, argumentative and analytic) prose).

Teaching Information

Individually pursued research, and up to three hours of individual consultation with the adviser(s).

Assessment Information

6,500-8,000 word essay (100%).

Reading and References

As the Dissertation unit is a unit of private study, the key reading will be determined by each student individually, with the guidance of his or her adviser(s).