Module Details

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Title Dissertation
Code COMM716
Coordinator Professor SJ Yates
Communication and Media
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 7 FHEQ Summer (June-September) 60


1. To construct an extended and original research project on an appropriate topic which is clear and realistic in scope and seeks to make a distinct contribution both to the student’s own learning and to debates within their chosen field.

2. To enable students to further develop their independent research skills.

3. To enable students to develop professional standards for the presentation of research material.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will be encouraged to demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of the chosen topic and a critical awareness of the relationship of their own research to other work in the field.

(LO2) Students will be encouraged to identify and use appropriate research methods of research and data collection, with awareness of ethical implications.

(LO3) Students will be encouraged to identify core theoretical and conceptual approaches in the study of media and communications.

(LO4) Students will be encouraged to construct a coherent and sustained argument as appropriate to the research project and method of enquiry and to present it in appropriate academic format to a professional standard.

(S1) Proficiency in digital resources and tools for research as required by the chosen research project.

(S2) Time and project management, and autonomous organisation of work.

(S3) Understanding and application of appropriate terminology and analytical criteria.

(S4) Identifying and accessing relevant sources of information and materials.



Preparation of 12,000-15,000 word dissertation, aided by supervisory tutorials, developing skills and knowledge built across their MA programme. Students are expected to work independently and with autonomy. The word count is a minimum-maximum and there is no 10% leeway.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Tutorial
Description: One to one meetings between students and academic supervisors, including reading of some draft sections of the dissertation
Schedule directed student hours: 8 hrs of live / in person supervision
Unscheduled directed student hours: 22 (time spent away from timetabled sessions but directed by teaching staff)
Attendance Recorded: yes, through periodic reports by supervisor to module leader
Notes: This is the approximate number of supervision hours that will be available to you during the preparation of your dissertation

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours     8


Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 570


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Assessment 1 There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission.    100       

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