MDS-30011 - Dissertation in Media, Communications and Culture - ISP
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

Not to be taken in addition to MDS-30002 Sustained Media Practice

Description for 2020/21

The dissertation module offers the opportunity for students to produce a substantial piece of work that engages in independent and original study in one of the many fields of Media and Cultural Studies. The dissertation project will be based on a topic agreed between the student and the supervisor. It will draw on the interests of the student as developed during the three years of the Media, Communications and Culture degree programme and will benefit from the research expertise of relevant supervisors in the Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences. The successful completion of the dissertation will represent a substantial piece of final year undergraduate work that will enable the student to go on either to do further advanced academic research at masters level, or to pursue a career in a relevant area of the media and culture industries.

To enable students to evaluate and apply theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to the study of media and culture.
To enable students to research, plan and write a substantial piece of work, locating their individual topic within the context of relevant debates in their discipline and the humanities more generally.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

produce a dissertation plan will be achieved by assessments: 2
plan and construct a substantial independent research project in a recognised aspect of media and/or cultural studies will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2
undertake extensive research will be achieved by assessments: 1
produce an extended piece of writing will be achieved by assessments: 1
evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the field of Media and Cultural Studies will be achieved by assessments: 1

Study hours

Dissertation Lectures: 3 hours
Consultation with supervisor: 7 hours
Research for Dissertation: 240 hours
Writing of Dissertation: 50 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 100%
10,000 word dissertation
The topic of the dissertation will be agreed in consultation with the student's supervisor.

2: Dissertation Plan weighted 0%
A dissertation plan of 1,000 words maximum
The dissertation plan will normally be due in by week 12 of the first semester. It should include a project outline and a provisional bibliography of proposed reading. The supervisor will offer feedback on the plan as part of the ongoing consultation process.