Dissertation - ARCH5970

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 11 hours
Private study hours: 289 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Dissertation/Artefact (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

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

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 Knowledge of the cultural, social and intellectual histories, theories and technologies that influence the design of buildings
2 Knowledge of the influence of history and theory on the spatial, social, and technological aspects of architecture
3 An ability to undertake investigation, speculation and exploration of complex design issues and critical awareness and debate
4 An ability to undertake intellectual enquiry into an aspect of design

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

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
2 An ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice.
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. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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