SOAS University of London

History of Art and Archaeology

Dissertation in Art and Archaeology

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

The topic is chosen by the student with the aid of tutors during the second term of the academic year, and researched and written mainly in the period after examinations (in effect, during the three summer months).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the Dissertation the student will have:

  • Demonstrated their capacity to carry out a substantial piece of academic work on a selected topic in the field of art & archeology.
  • Defined a topic for examination and articulated a coherent scheme for examining the topic.
  • Gathered the relevant information and analysed and presented this information in a way which satisfactorily assesses the topic.

By linking their dissertation topic with their optional courses, students can focus half of their work on the MSc to their own particular interests, whether disciplinary, geographic or thematic in focus. There is also ample scope for developing such special interests by taking advantage of the rich calendar of regular seminars and special lectures at SOAS, organised by all the School’s departments and centres.

Method of assessment

  • One 300-word summary of research project (worth 5%)
  • One 700-word annotated bibliography (worth 9%)
  • One dissertation of 9,000-10,000 words submitted by the School Dissertation deadline (worth 86%)


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