Special Subject (Semester 2)

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To allow:

  • a student to gain a greater understanding of author, filmmaker, artist or subject, perhaps ahead of their future work for a dissertation or doctoral thesis
  • a student to gain valuable experience doing independent research on a specific topic
  • students to have a say in course design and content

In agreement with an assigned tutor the student or students will create a course reading list based on either the chosen author’s works, or the chosen subject.




Research Essay (4,000 words) OR Creative Project (1,500 word Critical Reflection) - 100%

The intended learning outcomes are as follows:

Knowledge and understanding.

  1. The student will acquire an in-depth knowledge of a specific author’s, filmmaker’s or artist’s body of work; or acquire an in-depth knowledge of a specific topic in literature or film
  2. develop a critical awareness of an author’s, filmmaker’s or artist’s use of different genres, themes or techniques;
  3. develop the potential for continued study at doctoral level.

 Subject-specific practical and intellectual skills and attributes.

  1. To gain experience of independent study and directed research
  2. To begin to develop a sense of expertise in a given subject

Transferable, employability and enterprise skills and attributes.

  • acquire a range of transferable skills, graduate attributes and personal qualities, which will enhance their, confidence and independence both during and after their studies
  • develop an independent, organised approach to learning, and thereby practise time management skills through working to deadlines


Dr Brian Hoyle


The teaching will all be face-to-face. Tutors will guide students in their directed reading.