Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 6 60 (30) DR S Willis checkmark-circle


This module is intended to introduce undergraduate students to research. As such it provides an opportunity to work on a topic of their own choosing, in either archaeology, history or ancient literature. Originality and feasibility are important aspects of writing dissertations, and to avoid problems topics will be scrutinised and approved by CLAS before research can begin. Students can expect guidance from the module convenor and an academic supervisor throughout the process, varying from one-to-one tutorials to classes on how to edit your own prose. There will also be a meeting regarding the Dissertation at the end of the Spring term of the previous year to clarify arrangements and to outline what work is required on this module.

The programme document with regulations is sent to all students at the end of spring term of Stage 2. Students are invited to suggest titles for comment, for which tutors are allocated. They are advised to do preliminary reading over the summer based on generic advice of the module convenor. They then choose precise topics in consultation with the convenor and personal tutors at the start of the autumn term.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 9
Private Study: 591
Total Study Hours: 600

Method of assessment

Dissertation (10,000 words)

Indicative reading

Indicative reading list

The MLA Style Sheet (New York 1970).
MHRA style book, notes for authors, editors and writers of Dissertations (London 1978).
F.W. Jenkins, Classical Studies. A Guide to the Reference Literature, 2nd edition (London 2006).
See also the updated MHRA Style Guide (MHRA 2002) on the web at

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate that they can choose a topic appropriate to their skills and interests, and where possible will be able to demonstrate originality in theme or approach;
Demonstrate pursuit of guided research into their chosen topic in classical and archaeological studies;
Demonstrate that they have been introduced to management of and standards pertinent to research publication in classics and archaeology.


  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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