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ML5004 Research and Professional Skills

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2016/7
SCQF Level 11
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module introduces students to a range of skills which are essential to advanced researchers and key to many other non-academic workplaces. We will focus on analytic and critical skills (for instance writing abstracts; critically reviewing articles and research seminar presentations; producing a research poster); oral skills (presentations; asking questions in research seminars); group work (planning a conference); IT research skills. The skills sessions will be tailored to suit modern linguists and comparatists. Seminar preparation and coursework will be directly linked to individual students' own research interests. First year PhD students are invited to audit some part of the programme, adding a valuable component of peer input to the module.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Comparative Literature, Cultural Identity Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Middle Eastern Literary and Cultural Studies, Russian Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies Postgraduate Programmes.

Optional for Crossways in Cultural Narratives Mundus Postgraduate Programme. Optional for other MLitt students outside Modern Languages with permission of both Schools.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2 hours (seminars and practical classes)

Assessment pattern

Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof W Fowler
Module teaching staff:various