Dissertation - ARCH6020

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 30 (15) Silvio Caputo checkmark-circle


Students produce their dissertation over Autumn and Spring terms. Students are required to develop their communication and research skills to a high professional standard. The module comprises tutorials with an assigned tutor, directing students to develop a research question related to architecture or a related field of environmental/spatial design. Students are expected to develop their ability to gather and synthesize data, as well as to construct a coherent and convincing overall analysis. In addition, they are expected to situate their own investigation within the broader context of architectural history, culture, and discourse. Interdisciplinary investigations that further inform architectural thinking are encouraged.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 10 hours
Private study hours: 290 hours
Total study hours: 300 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Dissertation (8,000 words) (100%)

Reassessment methods
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Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Borden, I., K. Ruedi (2006). The Dissertation: An Architecture Student's Handbook. Amsterdam: Architectural Press.
Mounsey, C. (2002). Essays and Dissertations. Oxford: Oxford University Press

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 Knowledge of how theories, practices and technologies of the arts influence architectural design
4 A critical understanding of how knowledge is advanced through research to produce clear, logically argued and original written work relating to architectural culture,
theory and design

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

1 Problem solving skills, professional judgment, and ability to take the initiative and make appropriate decisions in complex and unpredictable circumstances
2 Independent thought about the subject and ability to rationalise the principal directions taken.
3 An ability to communicate effectively and well, using a range of communication skills
4 An ability to formulate a research proposal with its appropriate methodology
5 An ability to communicate and discuss cultural context topics effectively
6 An ability to synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of theory and practice.
7 An ability to argue rationally and to draw independent conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical and critical approach to data, demonstration and argument.
8 An ability to evaluate research and a variety of types of information and evidence critically.


  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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