EL7022 - MA English Literature Dissertation

What will I learn on this module?

This module consists of a 15,000 word dissertation leading to the award of MA in English Literature
The dissertation provides the students with the opportunity to produce an extended piece of research on a topic of their own choosing related to English literature. Students will operate at a higher level of independent learning and research than in the taught modules, albeit with the support of a supervisor who has specialist knowledge in the student’s chosen area of interest. The Dissertation is the final part of the MA, and is the culmination of the programme in terms of length, the degree of specialization in subject, complexity of argument and depth of research.
Work on the dissertation is supported and enhanced by assessments on the other MA modules, particularly the Research Methods module.

During the supervisory sessions students will be encouraged to:

• Tackle problems
• Outline plans
• Submit timely drafts
• Balance research and writing
• Think critically about the specific problems raised by research
• Apply appropriate methodological and theoretical approaches to underpin students’ their research
• Demonstrate acuity in selecting approaches, methods, concepts and theories.

How will I learn on this module?

If you choose to study on campus delivery will be primarily via one to one supervision with your tutor on campus. If you choose to study by distance learning you can complete the module via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), populated with on-line learning materials, and through scheduled email and e-meetings with your supervisor. Whether you are on-site or distance learning you will have access to the same materials. You will be primarily expected to undertake independent learning through reading and investigation into your chosen subject, and revision/preparation of dissertation chapters for discussion with your tutor.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Supervision will support learning and help direct student research, and will be supplemented by email and written feedback on drafts. Onsite students will keep a written record of the supervisory meeting and email one copy to the supervisor, and retaining one for themselves being provided to support students’ learning. Offsite students will maintain a record through email conversations with their tutors. Feedback from your supervisor will enable you to monitor your ongoing academic progress; will help you to develop self-reflection skills necessary for continuous academic development; and direct you to further available services which can help you with you academic skills.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Plan a sustained piece of literary research on their chosen topic and to communicate that plan in written form.

2. Interpret and analyse texts in a sophisticated and complex way and maintain coherent arguments based on a sustained piece of original research;

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will demonstrate an ability to work independently on a sustained piece of research.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

4. Produce literary research which conforms to high standards of scholarly practice and presentation.

How will I be assessed?

Formative (practice) assessment
Draft chapters submitted to supervisor on a regular basis will enable you to reflect on the progress of the finished piece.

Summative (graded) Assessments
15,000 word dissertation
The dissertation is intended to demonstrate a high-level of independence in research, problem-solving, writing and presentation
MLOs 1-4.





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Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years Part Time (Distance Learning)
3 other options available

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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