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Independent Research Project

What is the Independent Project?

As part of your single or joint honours degree in our Department, you will be expected to undertake an Independent Project, usually in your third year of study, from 2017-18.

This project can take a variety of forms depending on your degree specialism and interests, including a 10,000 word dissertation, an anthology of creative writing pieces, an analysis of the work of a playwright or creative, literary or cultural movement or film genre, a practical filmmaking project, a cross-disciplinary collaborative project or a creative, literary, analytical or writing project that we have not even thought of!

This is a great opportunity for you to focus on and develop your own academic interests and develop your specialist expertise that will stand you in good stead later on both in the workplace and in further study.

The project counts as 30 credits of your overall assessment for your final degree.

I am on a joint degree. How do I decide on my independent project?

  • For students on a joint degree administered by the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies

    Over the last two years of your studies, you have probably already developed a special interest in one or two areas, or you may have particularly enjoyed certain modules. Go for this area!

    You can always bring your knowledge from the other subject area into your project, but you must decide where to place the emphasis. Otherwise your project will become unmanageable in the given time.

  • For students on a joint degree administered by another Department

    Please contact the Department for your options. Don’t delay!

Next Steps

  • Think about your subject area
  • Sign up in the General Office for ONE of our subject-specific talks
  • Attend the subject-specific talk on Wednesday, 8 February 2017, from 1.00 – 2.00pm. Don’t forget to ask lots of questions

Further reading

Information for current third-year students


The following dates have been confirmed for this year's presentations:

Presentation training

  • Wednesday 25 January 2017
  • 1.00-2.00pm
  • Room: NTC.1.01

Presentation delivery

  • Wednesday 15 February 2017
  • Room: NTC.1.02
  • Presenters will be notified of their individual presentation times before this date.
  • Marking criteria for presentations

    Attendance at presentations is compulsory. Non-attendance for any reason will result in a mark of zero. The Independent Study presentation assessors are particularly looking for:

    • a clear explanation of the main argument, scope and ultimate goals of the project;
    • informed contextualisation of your project within relevant intellectual and critical fields;
    • demonstration of good research practice in the ongoing development of your project;
    • presentational skills: clear and structured delivery, engagement with the audience, good time-keeping; you may use visual aids such as Power Point or handouts, but are not obliged to;
    • constructive responses to questions following the presentation: taking on board suggestions and criticisms, while convincingly arguing for your project.

Submission of Independent Research Projects

The electronic submission date for all Independent Projects, including Theatre is Wednesday 3 May 2017; by 12pm to FASer.

Two bound, watermarked copies to be submitted to the General Office by 12pm on Thursday 4 May 2017.

  • Two copies of the Independent Study project should be submitted.
  • If you are taking the Independent Practical Film Project, you should also submit two copies of your DVD along with your written component.
  • If you are taking the Independent Practical Theatre Project, you should also submit two copies of the recorded practical work along with your wirtten compoent.

Extenuating circumstances

When a piece of work constitutes 100% assessment for the module (e.g. a project or dissertation), and you feel you have extenuating circumstances, submissions beyond seven days will be accepted for consideration by the relevant Late Submissions Committee. You will need to submit a Late Submission of Coursework Form and any documentation along with the piece of work.