Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 6 30 (15) MR M Richards checkmark-circle


This module offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of a particular aspect of architecture. The topic to be studied is agreed with the Module Convenor and an appropriate supervisor is nominated from the teaching staff. Moreover the dissertation will provide students with the opportunity to develop more advanced academic research and writing skills. It forms part of the research strand within the architectural curriculum, which complements the design strand of the studio.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

11 hours

Method of assessment

Dissertation/Artefact (100%)

Indicative reading

Borden, I., Ruedi, K. (2000). The Dissertation: An architectural student's handbook. London: Architectural Press.

"The Nature of Inquiry", pp. 1-43. in Cohen, L. and Manion L. (1994). Research Methods in Education. London: Routledge

Subject related bibliography to be developed by student with the assistance of relevant supervisors and module related bibliographies.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8.1 Knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings
8.2 Knowledge of the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture
8.3 An ability to undertake investigation, speculation and exploration of complex design issues and critical awareness and debate
8.4 An ability to undertake intellectual enquiry into an aspect of design
9.1 An ability to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions in order to make and present sound judgments within a structured discourse relating to architectural culture, theory and design
9.2 An ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice.
9.3 An ability to argue rationally and to draw independent conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical and critical approach to data, demonstration and argument


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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