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Dissertation. Managing Art & Cultural Heritage in Global Markets (MAGMa) HISTART5140P

  • 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: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

The dissertation is an independent piece of work focused upon a particular art or cultural heritage issue or problem. It encourages the application of acquired research skills working with primary and secondary material in an informed and critical manner, demonstrating both original research and a good understanding of the field of study.


10 hours of dissertation supervision to be arranged individually

Requirements of Entry

A candidate will be permitted to progress to preparation of the dissertation, or other substantial independent work required by the degree, only if they have 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





VIVA - 10%

Dissertation (20,000 words) - 90%

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

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 their subject area

■ Source, select and critically evaluate appropriate primary and secondary material for their chosen subject area and use this material effectively in the final dissertation

■ Work independently and maintain professional conduct in relation to any internal or external institutions or partners involved in the project (if relevant)

■ Apply 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, and which demonstrates detailed first-hand knowledge of their chosen area of investigation.

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.