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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations) (THET11062)

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 Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryAn opportunity to engage with a particular topic in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations through in depth research, culminating in a 15,000 word dissertation.
Course description Academic Description:
This 15,000 word research dissertation represents the culmination of the Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations programme. Having prepared a research proposal in the Research Skills course with the guidance of a prospective supervisor, this course allows students to pursue their distinctive research interests in depth. The dissertation will demonstrate advanced knowledge of the chosen subject, the ability to identify appropriate research questions and to develop appropriate research strategies to explore those questions, the ability to develop a sustained argument, as well as effective academic writing and presentation skills.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The content of the course will be within the field of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations. Students will have developed a dissertation proposal during the course, Approaches to Research: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and will have the opportunity to develop an in-depth research project that combines supervisions and in-depth individual research. The supervisor will guide the research process by suggesting appropriate literature, advising on shaping the research material into an argument suitable for a 15,000-word dissertation,

Student Learning Experience Information:
There are no classes or taught components to this course, and students are expected to structure their own research and writing in collaboration with their supervisor. Students are encouraged to keep in regular contact with their supervisor, with whom they will have a number of one-to-one consultations, a broad timetable of work having been agreed at the commencement of research. Students submit drafts of the dissertation for comment and advice in good time before the final deadline. Students are expected to take charge of their work schedule and independently structure their time for research and writing.
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 Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 586 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A dissertation of up to 15,000 words: 100%.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Prepare an effective dissertation, with a manageable scope, defined research questions, appropriate research methodologies, and engagement with scholarly debates in the relevant disci;ines.
  2. Identify and locate research resources within their dissertation field.
  3. Employ critical skills in engaging relevant methodologies
  4. Develop sustained arguments and support those arguments with evidence.
  5. Learn how to observe appropriate academic conventions with respect to style, tone, paragraphing, footnoting and referencing.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The development of independent research abilities.
Willingness to engage across disciplinary boundaries and to approach texts in new ways.
Finely-tuned skills of close reading and critical analysis.
Ability to construct a sustained written argument.
KeywordsIslamic Studies,Christian-Muslim Relations,dissertation
Course organiserDr Salam Rassi
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
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