Aims/Description: This unit enables students to undertake an in-depth study on a topic of their own choice, and is guided by one-to-one academic supervision based in their disciplinary area. It aims to enable students to develop and demonstrate skills in the definition and planning of a substantial piece of enquiry that will further and deepen knowledge in their chosen specialist field. The independent research project by proposal will demonstrate the ability to identify research questions through literature-based analysis, and to show how these questions could be investigated through detailed research design. Students without previous experience of conducting a high-level academic research project (normally demonstrated through prior completion of an MA-level dissertation or equivalent work in a relevant field of study) will undertake the Independent Research Project by Dissertation, instead of this module.

Staff Contact: SWAIN KERRY S
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Project work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Sheffield Methods Institute):

Teaching timetable


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