Research Dissertation - LL899

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 60 (30) DR V Janke


Successful completion of Stage 1 MA modules.





The aim of the dissertation is to develop further the students’ ability independently to plan, research, formulate arguments and communicate research findings in a coherent manner within an extended piece of written work. The dissertation functions both as the culmination of the year’s work and as a bridge between guided and independent research, preparing (and, it is hoped, encouraging) students to continue on to carry out research at Doctoral level.

The topic of the dissertation will usually be based on, and develop from, work undertaken on one or more of the taught modules undertaken in the course of the MA.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 9

Method of assessment

Dissertation (12,000 words) - 100%

Indicative reading

Litoselliti, Lia (2009) Research Methods in Linguistics. London: Continuum;
Griffin, Gabrielle (2005) Research Methods for English Studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to put into practice and collate and write-up the results of qualitative and quantitative data collection methods for language research, including but not limited to: recording and transcribing, observation and field notes, action research, questionnaires and surveys, discourse completion task questionnaires, role plays and simulations;
Students will be able to present linguistic data appropriately by means of charts, graphs, tables, matrices, diagrams and quotations;
Students will be able to evaluate and interpret data, develop lines of argument, and make sound judgments in accordance with the central theories and analytical concepts in linguistics and its sub-fields as studied in the coursework modules;
Students will be able to assess the merits of contrasting theories and explanations, including those from other disciplines;
Students will be able to demonstrate in-depth and advanced subject-specific knowledge of a particular specialized area of linguistics or language research, e.g. the structure and variety of language, stylistics, language learning and teaching, intercultural and intercommunity language issues, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, discourse theory;
Students will be able to engage in critical reflection, verbal discussion and written and interpretative analysis of key material

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