Independent Study Project in Linguistics

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Year 3
Module code
FHEQ Level
Department of Linguistics

Module overview


Normally students are required to have achieved an overall grade of 2:1 from their second year of the programme.

Students wishing to do an ISP must submit to the programme convenor a working title and a synopsis of 300 to 500 words of the proposed topic of the ISP (proposal forms can be collected from the faculty office).  It must not be assumed that all proposals will be automatically approved. As an ISP is an optional part of the Linguistics degree, there is no guaranteed right for a student to do an ISP.

Students are strongly advised to start planning for an ISP in Term 2 of Year 2. Students should discuss their ideas at an early stage with the programme convenor and potential supervisors.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

Students will develop the skill to work independently on an approved topic of their choice in Linguistics. To do this they will identify an area of interest to them and define a research question, refine and pursue that question via library research and write an argued study project with footnotes and references in standard professional format.


A maximum of 10 hours total supervison

Scope and syllabus

10,000 words on a subject of the student’s own choice, researched and written in his or her own time. Advice on selection of topic, background reading, preparation and organisation of the material will be given by the supervisor.

Method of assessment

  • One 10,000 word essay (in English) due  term 3
  • The exact assessment deadline dates are published on the relevant module Moodle/BLE page

Suggested reading

To be advised by the relevant supervisor.


Dr Lidia Szczepanik-Wojtczak


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