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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MTh/MSc in Biblical Studies) (BIST11006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis taught MTh/MSc is aimed at students who want to acquire knowledge, undertstanding, and skills in Biblical Studies and related areas at a postgraduate level. It can be followed as an end in itself, or to help students to assess their aptitude for research at PhD level.
Course description Academic Description:
This 15,000 word research dissertation represents the culmination of the Biblical Studies taught masters 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. Pursuing independent research in a structured and guided environment offers students scope to display and enhance their linguistic and textual skills, while developing an argument in response to the research question(s) they have previously identified. Critical acumen is sharpened in dialogue with existing scholarship; skills in effective writing and accurate referencing are also developed.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The content of this course falls within the field of Biblical Studies (Hebrew Bible and New Testament) and their cognate literatures. Approval for the specific content and focus of the research project will have been gained by the student successfully proposing their project in the course, Approaches to Research: Biblical Studies. The project will be carried out in collaboration with a suitable supervisor, who will advise the student on relevant literature, and the direction of research.

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.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
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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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Prepare an effective dissertation, with an manageable scope, defined research questions, appropriate research methodologies, awareness of the scholarly context, and proper use and referencing of sources
  2. Identify and locate research resources within their dissertation field
  3. Employ critical skills in weighing and considering linguistic, textual, literary, historical, and theological evidence (as appropriate to the scope of the project)
  4. Develop sustained arguments and support those arguments with evidence
  5. Write in a clear and engaging style, and proofread their written work
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Course organiserDr Anja Klein
Tel: (0131 6)50 8960
Course secretaryMiss Rachel Dutton
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