Dissertation:GPMS - FILM9980

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 7 60 (30) Dieter Declercq checkmark-circle


The dissertation is your opportunity to really explore the aspects of Film Studies that interest you most. You are encouraged to read as widely as you can. Exploit the Templeman library resources, and all the on-line facilities available to you through the library portals. Of course, watch relevant films too. The more research you do, the richer your experience.

You can begin your independent dissertation research at any point and t is good idea to do have done some groundwork before you meet your supervisor.

The main period for supervision is in the summer term, when you can expect to meet with your supervisor to discuss the progress of your reading and writing. You can expect up to four supervisory meetings, reasonably spread across the term.

You should also arrange to meet your supervisor once in the Spring term in order to discuss the focus of your project, and also the kind of research you could begin to undertake in the Spring and Summer terms.

The summer vacation period is a period of independent research, and supervision is not available.
Your supervisor may agree to give you email feedback on a section of your draft during the summer vacation period, but you will need to arrange that with them well in advance.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 8
Private Study Hours: 552
Total Study Hours: 600

Method of assessment

• Dissertation (15,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

Bibliography appropriate to the project will be developed by the student with the assistance of relevant supervisors.

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:

1 Demonstrate their skills of formulating and undertaking a research project involving the development of an argument, critical engagement with relevant literature, and the contextualisation of the issues and materials within the framework of the film topic;
2 Demonstrate their knowledge of a focused area within the broad landscape of film, as well as and the historical work that has shaped it;
3 Demonstrate their ability to undertake further advanced postgraduate research in film.

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

1 Demonstrate their written communication and presentation skills, particularly regarding extended and detailed research analysis, and argumentation;
2 Demonstrate their capacity to identify and critically assess relevant primary and secondary literature within the context of a specific research project;
3 Demonstrate their ability to construct and evaluate arguments.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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