Classics (Classical Civilisation) MA/MA(SocSci)

Dissertation (Classics) CLASSIC4047P

  • 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

This is a research project that runs throughout the final year of the degree programme. It is student-led, allowing for students to specialise on a topic in Classics, broadly defined (including language, literature, history, philosophy, art, material culture or their reception), under the supervision of a member of staff.



Excluded Courses

Joint honours students who take their Dissertation in Classics, Greek or Latin must not take a dissertation in their other subject.




Dissertation (10,000-12,000 words) - 100%

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 will provide the opportunity to:

■ Develop an independent research project which explores a specialised topic within the field of Classical languages, literature, history, philosophy, art, material culture or their reception that is of particular interest to them.

■ Enable students to develop the linguistic skills, methodologies, time-management and written communication skills necessary for undertaking research within the field of Classics

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Plan, organize and deliver a large-scale independent research project in the field of Classical languages, literature, history, philosophy, art, material culture or their reception.

■ Use a wide range of research tools (including but not limited to catalogues, databases, books, articles and physical collections) in order to source primary evidence and approaches to it.

■ Develop a methodology appropriate to the topic and reflect upon the strengths and weaknesses of the approach used.

■ Select and analyze textual or material evidence appropriate and sufficient for the research project undertaken.

■ Sustain a coherent and integrated argument throughout the dissertation, which engages critically with scholarship and demonstrates close personal engagement with the topic chosen.

■ Produce clean, well-presented and well proof-read copy, which uses bibliographic conventions, style and language appropriate to the discipline.

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.