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FTV Postgraduate Dissertation FTV5018P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • 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

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ develop and deepen the student's personal research interest in their chosen subject area;

■ promote an engagement with other scholarly, critical, theoretical or applied arguments relevant to that area;

■ encourage the application of acquired research skills to a supervised independent project.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main primary sources in their chosen field;

■ demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main secondary sources in their chosen field;

■ demonstrate substantial and detailed first-hand knowledge of their chosen subject area;

■ demonstrate the ability to define, plan, and execute a sustained, focused and coherent research project;

■ demonstrate the ability to use appropriate bibliographic and information sources;

■ demonstrate the ability to work independently;

■ demonstrate the ability to execute a substantial piece of written work in clear and appropriate academic English

■ demonstrate mastery of all relevant reference and bibliographic conventions.

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.