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ARCH6109 Archaeology Masters Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation is a personal research project of 20,000 words, which is completed with guidance from a personal supervisor. It takes place over the summer period and should involve original research and high-quality formal written presentation of material. The 20,000 limit allows enough space for both analysis and discussion, as well providing the required detailed account of methods used.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

·         To complete an original individual research project that is presented to high standards in a formal written manner.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relevant theoretical approaches applicable to your chosen field of study;
  • Relevant analytical methods appropriate for your chosen field of study;
  • Scholarly debates relating to your chosen field of study
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • competently communicate ideas in oral presentations.
  • define and manage research projects
  • access recent research findings on the development of archaeology as an academic discipline
  • demonstrate effective research skills.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse/ synthesise primary and secondary sources;
  • Evaluate and critically assess previous work on your chosen subject;
  • Demonstrate originality of thought and approach which moves beyond a simple synthesis of secondary materials.


This module involves the supervision of students in individual tutorials, leading towards the formal presentation of the dissertation at the end of the summer.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • tutorial support from a dedicated dissertation supervisor. Learning activities include • individual research • completion of the assignment requiring research and analysis

Completion of assessment task550
Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Total study time600





MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (20000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (20000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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