The Dissertation [English Studies] - EN50015

Quick Facts

  • Postgraduate
  • 60 Credits
  • Summer
  • English Studies, Comics Studies, Film Studies core module
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • This module is not available on a standalone basis

Module Details

The Dissertation is a sixty-credit core module which allows you to devise, construct and complete a major piece of independent research as part of your MLitt degree. It will provide you with the research practice which you will need to complete the MLitt and, if you so wish, to undertake further research in English at Doctoral level.

To complete the module you will need to research and write a dissertation of 18,000 words in your chosen area of research. You will be given advice on how to choose and plan your dissertation and on the kinds of texts ands materials you need to discuss and the relevant methodological approaches which you need to engage with.


Teaching staff

You will be taught by a member of staff with specialist knowledge of your chosen field of research through individual supervision and directed reading.


Coursework makes up 100% of the assessment


  • J. Anderson and M. Poole, Assignment and Thesis Writing (Third edition, Wiley, 1998).
  • D.P. Bosworth. Citing your references: a guide for authors of journal articles and students writing theses or dissertations. (Second edition, Underhill Press, 1995).
  • R. Berry. The research project: how to write it. (Routledge, 1994).
  • Gabriele Griffin (ed.), Research Methods for English Studies (Edinburgh: EUP, 2005).
  • David Madsen. Successful dissertations and theses. (Jossey-Bass).
  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers . 6 th ed ( New York: MLA, 2003) .
  • R.A. Preece, Starting research: an introduction to academic research and dissertation writing. (Pinter, 1994).
  • Derek Swetnam. Writing Your Dissertation : how to plan, prepare and present successsful work. (Third edition, How To Books, 2000). Second edition, 1997,
  • Kate L. Turabian. A manual for writers of term papers, theses and dissertations (Sixth edition, University of Chicago Press, 1996).
  • K.E. Rudestam and R.R. Newton. Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process. (Second edition, Sage, 2001).

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