Postgraduate Course: Major Dissertation (Masters by Research) (DIVI11004)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Supervised major dissertation (up to 25,000 words length) in MTh by Research and MSc by Research in Religious Studies.
This dissertation is the major component of assessment for the Masters by Research, 'major dissertation' track. Students have the opportunity to develop a sustained piece of research in their own area, under the guidance of an allocated research supervisor. The aim is to foster research and writing skills at Masters level.
Students will work with their research supervisor to define and execute the project. The research questions, content and method will be refined not only in conversation with the supervisor, but also in the two 10-credit 'Approaches' courses which Masters by Research students must complete. In preparing their dissertation, students will develop skills in framing research questions and shaping appropriate research strategies; researching evidence and critically assessing it; developing sustained arguments; writing clear and engaging prose; providing academic referencing and bibliography.
Student Learning Experience Information:
Students work with their allocated research supervisor, one-to-one, with regular supervisory meetings for guidance on the research and writing of the dissertation. Students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes through the preparation of the dissertation (up to 25,000 words).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 32,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Dissertation, ca. 25,000 words: 100%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Prepare an effective dissertation, with an appropriate breadth and depth of focus (for a 25,000 word project), well-defined research questions, suitable research methodologies, awareness of scholarly context, and proper use of referencing and sources.
- Identify relevant research resources within the field of the dissertation, reading widely in the scholarly literature.
- Employ critical skills in weighing and considering evidence.
- Develop sustained arguments and support those arguments with evidence.
- Write in a clear and engaging style, and proofread their written work.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Larry Hurtado
Tel: (0131 6)50 8920
|Course secretary||Dr Jessica Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227