Dissertation in Japanese Studies

Key information

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Year of study
Module code
FHEQ Level

Module overview

The dissertation is a core component of all Masters programmes at SOAS. The supervised dissertation research requires the ability to work independently on an original piece of research, to demonstrate familiarity with the relevant literature and present the resulting dissertation in a clear and organised format.

The research and writing of the Masters dissertation is a crucial component of Research-based Masters training.

The dissertation has a 10,000 word limit and counts for 33% of the overall degree. For details on presentation and submission dates, see the Postgraduate Taught Masters Handbook.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, students should have:

  • The ability to apply their subject knowledge and methodology to a specific research problem in their area of specialism;
  • The skills required to pursue independent research in an academic context;
  • The ability to present their work to different audiences in a clear professional form.


A total of 8 hours contact hour per academic year consisting of 5 hours lectures per academic year and 3 hours individual project supervision.

Scope and syllabus

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  1. demonstrate enhanced research skills in their chosen major
  2. contribute to the understanding of the region through their independent research in their field of study
  3. display enhanced organisational skills through the completion of an independent assignment under supervision
  4. display enhanced analytical skills
  5. show enhanced writing skills

Method of assessment

Dissertation Final Submission (100%): 10,000 words, due September following final year of study (exact date determined by School).


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