Faculty of Arts

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Dr Samanthi Gunawardana


The aim of this unit is for students to build critical research skills via the development and completion of an independent research project written up as an 18,000 word dissertation. Students carry out their research and write the dissertation under the supervision of a member of academic staff.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. the ability to plan, implement and complete an independent research project under the supervision of academic staff
  2. comprehensive knowledge of the key questions and issues pertaining to their field of study
  3. the ability to undertake critical analysis of the key issues and arguments pertaining to their dissertation topic
  4. skills in the data collection methods relevant for their research question and field of study
  5. advanced skills in communicating research findings.


Research dissertation (18,000 words): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

1 contact hour per week (1 hour meeting with supervisor) plus 47 hours of independent study per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


By approval of course coordinator