Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM027: MA Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

In Term 1, students are given an introductory lecture by the module leader. Subsequently, they will outline a dissertation topic and will be allocated an MA thesis supervisor. In Term 1 and 2, the pre-requisite ARAM190 Research Methods Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies module introduces students to the requirements and scope of the dissertation, including the dissertation proposal.

In the summer term students will carry out Independent, guided research and writing of the MA dissertation (15,000 words) in consultation with their approved MA thesis supervisors on a research topic chosen by the student, in mutual agreement with his/her MA thesis supervisor. Students will submit drafts of each chapter to their supervisor for correction prior to final submission of the dissertation.

Assessment of the MA dissertation by the supervisor and a qualified second reader will be based on the dissertation's fulfilment of the above-mentioned aims relevant to each student's particular field(s) of study (i.e., mastery of relevant sources, methods, theoretical issues, originality of research, and solidity of presentation), as well as appropriate conformity to all University and field-specific requirements for presentation and referencing in the particular field of the dissertation.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4 hours4 hours supervision meetings
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3 hours3 hours (3 x 1hr meetings) to give academic guidance, including specific feedback on draft work
Guided independent study593 hoursIndependent study

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).