Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM112B: Independent Reading Course

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.50
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (7 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Sajjad Rizvi (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Sometimes the module choices on offer may not cover the most specialised interests that you have and you wish to explore a set of readings, theories or approaches that might help you in the formulation of your dissertation. You may also wish to work under the guidance of a member of faculty whose specialisation attracts you but is not offered as an optional module.

This module, which is a tutorial with one member of staff, is designed to allow you the flexibility to explore some ideas or a focus of research interest that you have which lies outside of the compulsory and optional modules on offer. At the end of the module, you will have read deeply in a subject area and produced two research papers that may inform your later research in your masters’ dissertation.

This module is arranged through your initiative, and it is your responsibility to take preliminary steps to identify a possible specialist area and an appropriate faculty member, and to approach the latter, as soon as possible. If you have identified a specialisation and a suitable potential tutor, please email the course convenor and indicate whether you have spoken to the faculty member concerned. Please bear in mind that faculty have many constraints on their time and it may not be possible to offer you the specialisation/faculty member of your choice, or indeed to offer the module, at all times. Finally, please note that, in consultation with faculty involved in the delivery of your MA programme, the course convenor may suggest that you consider an existing option instead of this module if this is felt to be more appropriate and of greater benefit to you.

Please note that you cannot take this module if you have already chosen ARAM112A.


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