Dissertation in Classics and Ancient History (CLAM043)

StaffDr David Leith - Lecturer
Credit Value60
ECTS Value30.00
NQF Level7
Pre-requisitesSuccessful completion of MA coursework
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

To carry out independent research on a subject in Classics and Ancient History. To synthesize the different aspects of the MA which are studied separately in the coursework modules. To present the findings of research in an extended piece of analytical writing in academic prose.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. The ability to carry out and present independent research in the area of Classics and Ancient History studied in the core module of the MA
  • 2. The ability to apply the thinking promoted by the core module and the skills in research methodology to a specific topic of individual research.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. The ability to analyse and use abstract reasoning, and to synthesize complex material, which in some cases overlaps different subject boundaries.
  • 4. The ability to present the findings of research in a continuous, well-constructed argument, which displays the investigation and the results in a clear, well-expressed piece of written academic prose

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. The ability to apply key bibliographical skills, CD-Rom database skills such as TLG, and relevant internet resources, as well as word-processing skills
  • 6. The ability to work with one's supervisor in an independent, constructive and responsive way

Syllabus plan

The dissertation will be on a subject in Classics and Ancient History.  It is up to the individual student, with the advice of the supervisor, to determine the topic for investigation.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching6Up to 6 hours supervision
Guided independent study594Private study

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dissertation100maximum 20,000 words1-6Mark and written or verbal comments

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
DissertationDissertationAllRefer/defer period

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

As determined by the research subject.

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Available as distance learning?


Key words search

Classics, Ancient History, Dissertation