Dissertation in Art and Archaeology

Key information

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Module code
FHEQ Level

Module overview

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 1,000-word annotated bibliography (worth 15%)
  • One 10,000-word dissertation submitted by the School dissertation deadline (worth 85%)


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