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FILM3003 Film Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation is an extended piece of work of 8,000 words in length which is the result of an in-depth study of an area of film studies. The subject matter could be a movement, a director, a studio or production company, a national cinema, genre or theoretical issue. It should not replicate assessed work in the other final year module.

Aims and Objectives

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 area of study
  • a chosen area of investigation which reflects and embodies your own particular expertise and enthusiasm
  • how rigorous intellectual inquiry within a relatively narrow field of study can nevertheless inform and enhance a wider engagement with one or more constituent disciplines
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • engage with critical debate through sustained argument over an extended piece of work
  • analyse, evaluate and synthesise primary and secondary sources
  • make relevant connections between different critical methodologies and use, where appropriate, interdisciplinary modes of approaching the subject
  • demonstrate originality of thought and approach, moving beyond a simple synthesis of secondary materials
  • organize your ideas in a systematic and fully developed fashion
  • arrive at a series of informed and nuanced conclusions as a consequence of sustained inquiry and reflection
  • craft a structured and fully developed exposition of those same conclusions
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • employ general research skills such as information retrieval and library searches
  • employ the appropriate use of web-based research and display general competence in using electronic research methods and data
  • where appropriate, develop relevant empirical research techniques
  • engage in interpretation and critical commentary in order to develop at length a chosen line of argument.


The dissertation is an extended piece of work, usually divided into chapters and amounting to 8000 words in length. The topic and content are determined by you. The module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate how much you have learnt and acquired in years one and two of your degree programme. It will enable you to develop in depth an area of study of your own choice, however, the topic will be chosen in consultation with a member of the Film Studies teaching staff. The dissertation must conform to the guidelines with respect to format, house style and referencing as laid down in the programme handbook. The final draft must have a clear structure and the standard of written English must demonstrate your familiarity with the basic principles of grammar, punctuation and sentence construction. The ability to communicate in a clear, coherent, and attractive fashion will enhance the overall quality of the dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • one-to-one supervision with your tutor • a series of workshops and seminars on a range of topics related to the preparation for and writing of the dissertation Learning activities include • engaging in genuinely independent learning through gathering, assimilating, synthesising, and interpreting information pertinent to your chosen topic of inquiry

Completion of assessment task293
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

S Stein (1999). Learning, Teaching and Researching on the Internet. 

T. Bowell and G Kemp (2001). Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide. 

R. Berry (2000). The Research Project: How to Write It. 

R Preece (1994). Starting Research: An Introduction to Academic Research and Dissertation Writing. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (8000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

FILM1001 or FILM2006 or FILM1027 or FILM1020

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