Module Catalogues


Module Title Thesis
Module Level Level 4
Module Credits 20.00

Aims and Fit of Module

The module provides post-graduate students with a framework and supervision for the planning, completion and communication of their final thesis, which is mainly developed through independent research and self-directed learning.
The work can consist of a written dissertation, a project, or a combination of the two components. It will demonstrate the attainment of the programme-level learning outcomes both in terms of knowledge and skills, and the maturity to operate as an independent professional or to engage in independent academic research.

Learning outcomes

A - Demonstrate the ability to conceive and plan a feasible yet complex and articulated research or applied project with a coherent set of objectives, methodologies and expected outcomes.
B - Conduct independent theoretical and/or applied research selecting and making use of the most updated sources, tools and methods applicable to the intended project.
C - Develop an original academic work, demonstrating comprehensive knowledge within the broad disciplinary area, as well as advanced scholarship and professional-level skills in the specific field of study.
D - Communicate effectively through a diverse range of media and be able to defend the work in front of an academic panel.

Method of teaching and learning

Each student will develop their work individually, under the guidance of one main academic supervisor and, where appropriate, secondary supervisors.
The student work developed within the module relies chiefly on independent research and self-directed learning. The project is agreed between the student and the supervisory team. It can be self-contained and conceived specially for the thesis, or developed within a broader, collaborative framework of academic and/or industry research, within which the individual original contribution of the student must be clearly delineated and identifiable. When relevant, qualified external research or industry partners can act as secondary supervisors.
Lectures will cover the core knowledge and skills required by the module, while seminars will offer opportunities for collective discussion, review and feedback. Each student will collaborate closely with their supervisors, with meetings/tutorials expected to take place regularly on a weekly basis.
Self-study is intended as a flexible mode of learning which can include collaboration with a research lab or an industry team within or outside the university.