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MRes Dissertation in Film & TV Studies (100) FTV5052P

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 100
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

On this course students pursue an independent research project on a relevant topic and write a substantial piece of work, which will present their original research and demonstrate a good understanding of the field of study.


4 hr supervisor meeting

Requirements of Entry

A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation 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

MRes Dissertation in Film & TV Studies (90)

MRes Dissertation in Film & TV Studies (120)


A dissertation of 20,000 - 25,000 words (100%).

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ develop and sustain an argument in an area of the student's personal research interest in Film & TV Studies

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

■ enable the student to gain experience in research, and in the organisation and interpretation of information

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

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ define, plan and execute a sustained, focused, coherent and original research project in an area relevant to Film & TV Studies;

■ source, select and critically evaluate appropriate primary and secondary sources in their chosen subject area and then utilise such sources effectively within the final dissertation;

■ utilise substantial and detailed first-hand knowledge of their chosen area of investigation;

■ work independently;

■ make use of appropriate academic conventions with regard to referencing and provision of bibliographic information;

■ execute a substantial piece of written work in clear and appropriate academic English.

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.