Independent Literature Project

The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
03 July 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA QW24 Drama and Literature,
BA QW25 Drama and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA WQ28 Drama and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA WQ42 Drama and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA QT37 English and United States Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA T720 English and United States Literature,
BA T723 English and United States Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA T728 English and United States Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q300 English Literature,
BA Q303 English Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q320 English Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA Q321 English Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA QV21 History and Literature,
BA QV22 History and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA QV2C History and Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA VQ12 History and Literature (Including Year Abroad),
MLITQ391 Literature,
BA LQ32 Literature and Sociology,
BA LQ33 Literature and Sociology (Including Placement Year),
BA LQ38 Literature and Sociology (Including Foundation Year),
BA QL23 Literature and Sociology (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW30 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA QW31 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Year Abroad),
BA QW33 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year),
BA QW38 Literature and Creative Writing (Including Foundation Year),
MLITQ393 Literature and Creative Writing,
BA Q210 English and Comparative Literature,
BA Q211 English and Comparative Literature (Including Year Abroad),
BA Q212 English and Comparative Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA Q218 English and Comparative Literature (Including Foundation Year),
BA P530 Journalism and Literature,
BA P531 Journalism and Literature (Including Placement Year),
BA P532 Journalism and Literature (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

Independent Study gives you an opportunity to pursue a particular enthusiasm that might not be covered in your taught modules, or to take an aspect of a taught module that has caught your imagination a step further, pursuing it in depth; and it offers an invaluable training for graduate work. It will also help you develop a high level of organisation and self-discipline which will be invaluable as you move on to further study and/or employment; it asks for a willingness to focus quite narrowly on one subject for more than six months; it tests the ability to sustain an argument over approx. 7,500 words (+/-10%).

All second year literature students undertake an Independent Study Project (ISP) in the third year, under supervision by a member of staff. The Independent Literature Project option is also open to students studying creative writing. All students also have the option of pursuing the related Collaborative Independent Project.

Your supervisor will guide you and help you shape your project. Assessment will be by dissertation, and a presentation on work in progress in the spring term.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

• to enable students to design their own programme of study, exploring a topic of particular interest to them
• to empower students to design, execute and deliver an independent research project
• to encourage the development of transferable research skills
• to prepare students for postgraduate study
• to develop students' self-motivation, team building, self-discipline and independence in their studies

Module learning outcomes

On completing this module students will be able to:

1. Plan and execute an independent research project.
2. Articulate ideas and produce a convincing and clearly presented project.
3. Analyse research material and/or practical outcomes.
4. Create a bibliography.
5. Demonstrate knowledge and expertise in their chosen field(s).
6. Independently research a wide variety of materials.
7. Self-motivate and organise their own time.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Anticipated teaching delivery: Combination of 1-hour lectures, tutorials and specialist skills sessions


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   'Field of interest' 100-word document    0% 
Coursework   Proposal    0% 
Coursework   Outline and bibliography (formative)    0% 
Coursework   Written Project (7,500 words)    80% 
Practical   Slides for the Presentation     20% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sean Seeger, email:
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Doug Haynes
University of Sussex
Reader in American Literature and Visual Culture
Available via Moodle
Of 2650 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
2650 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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