Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Dissertation

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION Every candidate is expected to write a research dissertation of approx. 50,000 words, with a value of 80 ECTS credits, on a topic related to any aspect of German studies (German-language literature, culture or linguistics). The choice of topic needs the approval of the Board of Studies. Every candidate will be assigned a tutor to supervise his (or her) research and the writing of the dissertation.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the study-unit, candidates will have acquired an ability:
(a) to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the topic chosen and its relevant context in German studies;

(b) to develop their own research skills, with emphasis on
    (i) identifying a suitable and manageable research question,
    (ii) literature searching,
    (iii) refinement of a research topic and strategy,
    (iv) critical reading of primary and secondary literature in German;

(c) to communicate clearly orally and in writing research results in the German language;

(d) to demonstrate an understanding of how research techniques have been applied to the topic chosen;

(e) to deal with complex issues systematically and creatively; and

(f) to undertake doctoral research, should they so wish.

ADDITIONAL NOTES **Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation and Oral Examination (See Add. Notes) ** 100%


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It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.