Independent Project - ART500

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
View Timetable
6 30 (15) MR L Jackson




Students will register for the module during OMR. Once OMR has closed, the School of Arts will contact all students who have selected the module and ask them to submit a project proposal by 7th May 2019.
Please be aware that the ART500 module is NOT a practice option and accordingly no practice-related projects are admissible.

Students who wish to take the module must approach a permanent academic member of staff with a proposal, typically in advance of module registration, during the Spring term. You can do this by email or in person by seeing the staff member in their office hour but an introductory email is a good place to start.

Before approaching a staff member, you will need to have identified a topic and it would help to have done some reading beforehand and to have had a go at developing a research question.

If you do not submit a proposal prior to the deadline, you may be asked to select a different module.



The module gives School of Arts students across a range undergraduate programmes the opportunity to undertake a written independent research project at stage 3.
Students who wish to take the module must approach a permanent academic member of staff with a proposal, typically in advance of module registration, during the Spring term of the previous year. Students pick a research topic of their choice; however, students are only allowed to register for the module with the permission of a staff member who has agreed to supervise the project, and who has the expertise to do so. Potential supervisors must also ensure before they agree to supervise a project that the resources required to complete the project will be available to the student, and that adequate supervisory support will be available to the student throughout their study on the module.
Students will be supported in the preparation and submission of their work by their supervisor, although a central expectation of the module is that students will take increasing responsibility for their learning, consistent with expectations of Level 6 study.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 6
Private study hours: 294
Total study hours: 300


ART500 is only available to Stage 3 School of Arts students.

Method of assessment

Independent Project (6000 - 8000 words) (100%)

Indicative reading

Derek Swetnam, Writing Your Dissertation: A Guide to Planning, Preparing and Presenting First Class Work, Oxford: How To Books, 2001.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- developed the ability to identify and articulate a research project appropriate for Level 6 undergraduate study in their subject area;
- successfully realised a research project appropriate for advanced undergraduate (H-level) study in their area;
- developed an in depth understanding of, and put into practice, research methods appropriate to study in their subject area;
- deepened their systematic understanding of a particular topic of scholarship in their subject area;
- produce a sustained piece of work that critically analyses the project topic in a way appropriate to the subject.

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.