The details
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
05 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA W80012 Creative Writing,
MA W80024 Creative Writing,
MA Q20212 Film and Literature,
MA Q20224 Film and Literature,
MA Q20012 Literature, Culture, and Society,
MA Q20024 Literature, Culture, and Society,
MA W81112 Scriptwriting (Theatre and Digital Media),
MA W81124 Scriptwriting (Theatre and Digital Media),
MA T72012 American Literatures,
MA T72024 American Literatures,
MA QW3012 Literature and Creative Writing,
MA QW3024 Literature and Creative Writing,
MA Q20E12 Modern and Contemporary Literature,
MA Q20E24 Modern and Contemporary Literature

Module description

Your dissertation is the centrepiece of your MA work. It gives you the opportunity to develop and to demonstrate your skills as an academic researcher and scholarly author, as you investigate and interpret a topic of your choosing.


MA Literature:

Word limit - 15,000 words (not including abstract, notes, bibliographic materials and footnotes).

MA Creative Writing:

Creative component up to 10,000 words plus critical commentary of 6,000 words excluding bibliography and footnotes.

MA Scriptwriting:

A complete play (including plays for radio) under 70 minutes playing time accompanied by a critical commentary (c. 6,000 words) excluding bibliography and footnotes

Module aims

The aims of the dissertation are to demonstrate:

1. comprehensive knowledge and understanding of a selected current research area
2. the planning and execution of a substantial research project with guidance from a supervisor
3. a sustained, coherent argument based on critical and/or creative writing skills as appropriate

Module learning outcomes

In preparation of and as part of the dissertation, students should be able to:

1. conduct effective research
2. write within disciplinary perspectives and genres, using academic conventions, and creating a longer, well-argued piece of writing
3. explore, analyse and present a coherent argument, involving a range of information from different sources and/or disciplinary contexts as appropriate

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Supervisory meetings with an academic advisor


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Dissertation (please see the Postgraduate Taught Handbook 2020/21 for word counts for each MA degree)    100% 

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Holly Pester, email:
LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626



External examiner

Dr Agnieszka Elzbieta Piotrowska
University of Bedfordshire
Prof Ian Charles Davidson
Professor of English and Creative Writing
Prof Duncan James Salkeld
University of Chichester
Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature
Dr Celia Brayfield
Bath Spa University
Senior Lecturer
Dr Karen Savage
University of Lincoln
Head of School
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

Disclaimer: The University makes every effort to ensure that this information on its Module Directory is accurate and up-to-date. Exceptionally it can be necessary to make changes, for example to programmes, modules, facilities or fees. Examples of such reasons might include a change of law or regulatory requirements, industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key personnel, change in government policy, or withdrawal/reduction of funding. Changes to modules may for example consist of variations to the content and method of delivery or assessment of modules and other services, to discontinue modules and other services and to merge or combine modules. The University will endeavour to keep such changes to a minimum, and will also keep students informed appropriately by updating our programme specifications and module directory.

The full Procedures, Rules and Regulations of the University governing how it operates are set out in the Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and in the University Regulations, Policy and Procedures.