MA Dissertation

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
08 April 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA Q11012 Applied Linguistics,
MA Q11024 Applied Linguistics,
MA Q16012 English Language and Linguistics,
MA Q16024 English Language and Linguistics,
MRESQ10412 Experimental Linguistics,
MA Q10812 Linguistic Studies,
MA Q10824 Linguistic Studies,
MA Q108MO Linguistic Studies,
MA Q10012 Linguistics,
MA Q10024 Linguistics,
MA Q15012 Psycholinguistics,
MA Q15024 Psycholinguistics,
MA Q14012 Language in Society,
MA Q14024 Language in Society,
MA QX1312 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),
MA QX1324 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Module description

The MA dissertation is a central component of the MA.

Writing your MA dissertation is your chance to research a topic of your choosing with the guidance of an experienced researcher; often, indeed, this is what motivates students to take up graduate study in the first place and, in some cases, to carry on to do PhD.

At 16,000 words, the dissertation represents a substantial piece of writing and is the equivalent of two to three academic journal articles of the type you will have read during your programme. It therefore requires careful planning and research, and considerable determination to stick to a carefully worked out timetable.

Module aims

This module offers students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills developed earlier in their master's course to work on a project of their choice.

Students will mainly work independently, however, group and individual meetings with their supervisor will provide guidance and feedback on work presented.

Module learning outcomes

Be able to work effectively managing time and activities in order to address a defined project to the agreed supervision schedule and deadlines.

* Be able to produce a significant and substantial piece of written work at an academic level.
* Have performed a variety of tasks such as researching and collecting data, organising and proof reading.
* Be able to reflect on knowledge and performance, seek and use feedback, and identify career development needs.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Students will mainly work independently, however, group and individual meetings with their supervisor will provide guidance and feedback on work presented.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Dissertation 11/09/2020 100%

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Various - see supervisor



External examiner

Mr Mark Almond
Canterbury Christ Church University
Senior Lecturer
Prof Ianthi Maria Tsimpli
The University of Cambridge
Chair of English and Applied Linguistics
Dr Sarah Ann Liszka
Senior Lecturer
Dr Louise Jane Mycock
University of Oxford
Associate Professor in Linguistics
Dr Maciej Baranowski
University of Manchester
Senior Lecturer in English Sociolinguistics
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


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