MDS-30020 - Media Dissertation
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

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, Communication 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 their Media 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.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

Study hours

Dissertation Lectures: 2 hours
Consultation with supervisor: 14 hours
Research for Dissertation: 234 hours
Writing of Dissertation: 50 hours

School Rules

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

Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 85%
7,000 word dissertation
The topic of the dissertation will be agreed in consultation with the student's supervisor.

2: Dissertation Plan weighted 15%
Dissertation Proposal
Dissertation plan of 1000 words to include title, rationale, methods, brief literature review and bibliography (Bibliography not included in word count).