Independent Study Project in East Asian Studies

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Final Year
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Module overview

An ISP is a 30 credit module examined by the submission of one essay (in English) of 10,000 words on an approved topic in East Asian Studies of the student’s choice. This module is the culmination of the research and writing training provided throughout their programme of study.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The learning outcomes will depend on the research topic. However, the objective of the project generally speaking should be to enable students to develop research skills consonant with the requirements of professional research in the field of East Asian Studies.


Total taught hours : 8 hours. 1 hour of seminars (for the first 5 weeks); and 3 hours of project supervision over term 1 and 2.

Independent study : 292 hours

Total hours for module : 300 hours

Scope and syllabus

Students will attend training seminars in the first 5 weeks of term 1 and will work on their individual projects with their supervisor for a maximum of 3 hours after the training seminars over term 1 and 2.

Topics should broadly fall within the realm of the humanities (e.g., languages, literatures, arts, history, philosophy, popular cultures, media) and should be agreed in advance with the module convenor and the prospective supervisor. Supervisors will be allocated within the academic staff of the School of East Asian Languages and Cultures on the basis of expertise and availability.

Method of assessment

  • Essay (10,000 words) 100%

Assessment deadlines will be published on the relevant moodle page or advised by the teaching staff.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules