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EN4399 Dissertation in English

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:9.00 am Tue

This module provides an opportunity to undertake a sustained piece of independent work, on a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a member of the School, leading to the presentation of an essay not more than 10,000 words in length. The dissertation may consist of a critical discussion or of a project based on the extensive collection of electronic texts currently available to the School. It will involve personal reading and research and will develop a range of skills, including investigative reading, use of information technology, the exploitation of library and internet resources, and the organisation and presentation of evidence and argument. Guidance will be given on scholarly conventions and basic research methods. (Group D)(Guidelines for printing and binding dissertations can be found at:

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Single Honours English and BA (Intl Hons) English.

Optional for Joint Honours English

UG Pre-requisite(s):A pass in any 3000-level English module.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:5 hours per semester + 1 consultation hour weekly.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 5
  • Guided independent study: 295

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Dissertation = 100%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J Purdon
Module teaching staff:Team taught