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Postgraduate Course: MSc Globalised Muslim World Dissertation (IMES11102)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation course offers the opportunity to research in depth a subject that holds special interest to the student, on topics associated with the contemporary Muslim world.
Course description A dissertation is an independent research project that is different from an essay in that it is a major piece of work requiring substantial research, engagement with secondary literature, and analysis of the relevant primary sources. It is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they are capable of doing independent research. There are no restrictions on what research topics students can investigate as long as they are directly relevant to the study of the contemporary Muslim world.

Students are supported by a member of staff who acts as supervisor. Supervisors may be expected to give advice on the subject and title of the dissertation, on its organisation and structure, and on source material and bibliography. Supervisors may also be expected to comment upon dissertation outlines, chapter plans and timetables, and to provide diagnostic feedback on one or two draft chapters of the dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, 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, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 583 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One dissertation of 15,000 words
Feedback One to one supervision meetings during the period of dissertation writing.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Undertake independent research guided by and contributing to the theory and knowledge of their chosen field.
  2. Present the insights obtained in a manner consistent with academic standards and conventions.
  3. Apply and support arguments using appropriate theoretical and empirical literature from across the social sciences and humanities.
  4. Investigate in detail an aspect of the globalized Muslim world through a given disciplinary approach.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The technical and critical skills necessary to locate academic literature relevant to the field of inquiry.
The ability to interpret and analyse academic literature pertinent to the study of Muslim communities across the globe.
The ability to identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues emerging across the globalised Muslim world.
The skills necessary to evaluate critically their own and others┬┐ work.
The range of skills necessary to execute a major piece of original research.
The ability to formulate an argument drawing on appropriate source materials and to place this in an academic context.
The ability to use relevant secondary literature and discuss pertinent interpretative debates.
The ability to reach an independent judgement, based on their own research.
Keywordsdissertation,supervision,independent research
Course organiserDr Sarah Muwahidah
Course secretaryMiss Kara McCormack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3030
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