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FTV Postgraduate Dissertation FTV5018P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Full Year
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Postgraduate taught dissertation for FTV


Independent research throughout the course.  Students will have 5 1-hour meetings with supervisor.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.


A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation, or other substantial independent work required by the degree, only if he or she has obtained a grade point average of 12 (equivalent to C3) or above in the taught courses with at least 75% of the credits at grade D3 or better and all credits at grade F or above.

Excluded Courses





Dissertation (15,000 words) - 100%


Audiovisual Dissertation (12 minute & 6000 words) - 100%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ facilitate the construction of a 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

■ develop the student's independent research skills

■ enable the production of an extended piece of work, in written and/or audio-visual form, with evidence of original research

■ develop the student's professional standards for the presentation of research material

■ foster a supervision process through which the student develops skills in communicating research ideas and engaging with feedback.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ exhibit a range of transferable research skills including the ability to: organise time and resources effectively over the duration of the dissertation research and production process; identify and access relevant source materials; use information technology to retrieve and store information; identify appropriate research methods for the project;

■ communicate effectively with their supervisor and use feedback constructively and reflectively in producing a final dissertation;

■ evince a deep knowledge and understanding of the chosen topic and a critical awareness of the contribution their own research makes to a particular aspect of film and television studies;

■ present research information and argument in an appropriate and well-structured form, applying recognised academic forms to the presentation of bibliographic material, appendices and footnotes. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.