Dissertation (Celtic and Gaelic) Single Honours GAELIC4016P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Students will undertake an independent research project and will produce a 10,000-12,000 word dissertation based on this research.


individual sessions to be arranged with supervisor.

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of Junior Honours (Single) in Gaelic or Celtic Studies.

Excluded Courses





10-12,000 word dissertation-100%

Students doing the Single Honours MA in Gaelic will be required to complete their dissertation in Gaelic.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course provides the opportunity to:

--allow students to research in depth and present independently a topic of their choosing

--develop and deepen research skills

--encourage professional standards for the presentation of research materials.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ identify a research topic which is viable within the constraints of time and length; choose a topic which has personal value;

■ demonstrate an awareness of the relationship of the topic to other work in the same area; select from among a range of qualitative, quantitative, critical, historical, or theoretical methodologies, and apply these as appropriate;

■ plan time effectively in order to meet the deadline for submission of the dissertation;

■ identify the resources and support needed to complete the dissertation;

■ ensure that the necessary resources are available when needed;

■ use the library and other information sources effectively; use information technology effectively for the retrieval, storage, and processing of information;

■ organise the materials clearly, in a well structured and clearly presented form;

■ present research information and argument in the most appropriate form;

■ apply consistent rules of presentation of bibliographical materials, appendices and footnotes, using recognised academic standards;

■ present a seminar to fellow students on the progress of the work;

■  write and submit a finished dissertation.

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.