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FM4099 Film Studies Dissertation

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The dissertation offers students the possibility of personal advanced study on a topic in Film Studies on which they already have adequate basic knowledge and for which a suitable supervisor can be found. Students will have the chance to work closely with a supervisor as they develop their project, and further guidance will be offered on research methods and on presentation. The dissertation will, as a rule, consist of a study of a given body of primary material in a defined perspective. Its length should be 10,000 words maximum. It should be submitted in accordance with guidelines and deadlines, and be written in English. The topic must be agreed in advance by the module convenor and chosen supervisor. (Guidelines for printing and binding dissertations can be found at:

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Single Honours Film Studies

Optional for Joint Honours Film Studies

UG Pre-requisite(s):FM2001 and FM2002
UG Anti-requisite(s):Any other 4000-level dissertation module

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:Initial 2-hour seminar, followed by presentation and individual meetings with supervisor
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 10
  • Guided independent study: 290

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:No Re-assessment available


Module coordinator:Dr L Torchin (S1)(TBC - S2)
Module teaching staff:Team taught