Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM082: Dissertation

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • Independent, guided research and writing of the MArabic dissertation (maximum of 15,000 words) in consultation with an approved thesis supervisor(s).
  • Completed MArabic dissertation of no more than 15,000 words on your research topic chosen in mutual agreement with your thesis supervisor.
  • Submission of draft chapters to your supervisor for correction prior to final submission of the dissertation.


Assessment of the MArabic dissertation by the supervisor and a qualified second internal examiner will be based on the dissertation's fulfilment of the above-mentioned aims relevant to your 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 Activities44 x 1 hour supervision meetings
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities33 x 1 hour meetings to receive academic guidance, including specific feedback on draft work
Guided independent study143Preparing for and reflecting on supervision meetings
Guided Independent Study200Researching chosen topic from primary and secondary sources
Guided Independent Study100Writing and submitting drafts for supervisory feedback
Guided Independent Study150Completing final dissertation

Online Resources

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