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FILM6027 Film Studies Dissertation

Module Overview

The dissertation is a personal research project of 15,000 words, which is completed with some 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.

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:

  • Research skills suitable for the preparation of a dissertation on a film or television related topic.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • define and manage research projects
  • access recent research findings on the development of Film Studies as an academic discipline
  • demonstrate effective research skills.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • evaluate and develop different research methodologies, using them effectively for your chosen project.


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

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

Independent Study744
Total study time750


Assessment Strategy

Formative Assessment: Students produce short pieces of written work throughout the process of supervision of the dissertation. The supervisor provides both verbal and written feedback on this work.


MethodPercentage contribution
Diligence and Initiative  (15000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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