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Postgraduate Course: MSc in Persian Civilisation Dissertation (IMES11047)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
Summary Students must gain an overall pass of 50% or above at interim assessment in order to proceed to dissertation. Candidates who gain between 40% and 49% at interim assessment will be awarded the Diploma.

The dissertation will be 15,000 words in length (including footnotes, excluding bibliography).

Students will receive regular supervision and will be expected to liaise regularly with their supervisor and submit material for comment at agreed times. Supervisors will not read and comment on full drafts of the dissertation.
Course description The dissertation is expected to tackle a research problem, engage the relevant literature, and build upon the relevant concepts and theories introduced in the taught elements of the degree. Students will deploy a range of primary and secondary sources as well as appropriate data-analytic and bibliographic skills. Each student will be allocated a research supervisor from either IMES or SHCA during the second semester to advise on and oversee her or his research progress.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 578 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to produce a substantive piece of independent research in Persian Civilisation. The dissertation will be no longer than 15,000 words on a topic related to Persian civilisation to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations (usually mid August).
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Undertake a sustained piece of independent research within the disciplinary fields of Middle Eastern studies and/or Classics that demonstrates the research skills, training and knowledge acquired in the previous coursework
  2. Refine their abilities to engage critically and analytically with the significant literature in the field of their specialist interest
  3. Train to formulate a research problem
  4. Utilise relevant theories, theoretical frameworks and concepts in tackling a research problem
  5. Demonstrate scrupulous attention to the relevant data-analytical, referencing and bibliographic conventions.
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Course organiserProf Andrew Newman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4178
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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