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Postgraduate Course: Theology and Religious Studies Research Masters Dissertation (DIVI11018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits80 ECTS Credits40
SummarySupervised dissertation (up to 15,000 words), in the MTh by Research and the MSc by Research in Theology and Religious Studies.
Course description Academic Description:
This dissertation is a significant component of assessment for the Masters by Research. 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.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
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 15,000 words).

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 800 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 16, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 784 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 15000 word dissertation: 100%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. A high level of knowledge and understanding of the concepts, theories and approaches of a specific area of Theology and Religious Studies
  2. Post graduate level research skills appropriate to the chosen area
  3. The ability to think critically and creatively at a postgraduate level about the chosen subject area.
  4. Preparedness for doctoral work in Theology and Religious Studies.
  5. An appreciation of the diversity of Theology and Religious Studies and how they relate to other disciplines.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography is not applicable to this project as students select their own topic of study
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills A high level of knowledge and understanding of the concepts, theories and approaches of a specific area of Theology and Religious Studies
- Post graduate level research skills appropriate to the chosen area.
- The ability to think critically and creatively at a postgraduate level about the chosen subject area.
- Preparedness for doctoral work in Theology and Religious Studies.
- An appreciation of the diversity of Theology and Religious Studies and how they relate to other disciplines.
- Active learning skills and transferable skills at graduate level (e.g. study skills, methodological skills and written and oral communication skills)
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Emma Wild-Wood
Tel: (0131 6)50 8977
Email: emma.wildwood@ed.ac.uk
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