Dissertation in English

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 3 of 3 or Year 4 of 4
Module code
FHEQ Level
Centre for English Studies

Module overview

The Dissertation in English is a major critical essay requiring significant independent research and initiative.  It thus provides an essential pathway for those who may wish to pursue postgraduate study, and offers all students an opportunity to pursue their intellectual interests and to demonstrate their research and writing skills to future employers in a variety of professions.

During the year, feedback and support will be offered through practical meetings and up to two workshops per term, during which students will be invited to present a powerpoint of their work-in-progress to peers. In term 2, students will be offered at least 3 x 30 minute supervisions.

In term 1, students will submit an annotated bibliography (formative) and a 1,000-1,500 word research proposal (assessed).

A dissertation of 8,000 words, including footnotes but excluding the bibliography and any appendices, is due in Term 3, Week 1, Day 5.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the essay the student will have:

  • Conceptualised a topic that makes an original contribution to English Studies, extending or developing ideas as appropriate from English modules undertaken in the course of their degree
  • Engaged critically with existing scholarship in the field of English Studies
  • Demonstrated their initiative and capacity to carry out a substantial piece of academic work in a sustained way
  • Demonstrated skills in time management and organisation
  • Presented their work to a very high standard


7 one-hour practical classes and workshops.

Method of assessment

  • Bibliography/research proposal/outline of 1,000-1,500 words (worth 11%)
  • Dissertation of 8,000 words (worth 89%)


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