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Dissertation HISTART5018P

  • 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: No

Short Description

The dissertation, or other substantial piece of work, encourages independent work through deeper study of a particular art historical, or related, problem and encourages the application of acquired research skills. It is expected that MLitt and MPhil dissertations should make a contribution to some aspect of the subject.


The dissertation is 15,000 words in length and will be on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with the course convenor during Semester 1.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to College at Masters 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 an average aggregation score 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





10% - oral presentation at the Postgraduate Symposium

90% - 15,000 word dissertation

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ develop and sustain an argument in an area of the student's personal research interest in their chosen subject area

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

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

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of the dissertation students should be able to:

master the main relevant primary sources in their chosen subject area
demonstrate mastery of the main relevant secondary sources in their chosen subject area

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 ability to use all appropriate bibliographic and information resources

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.