Dissertation

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 490

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The master’s dissertation may be written on a topic in any area of theology but should normally be related to the subject matter studied in Part One of the course. The topic must enable the student to draw upon skills gained in their studies and be of such a scope that it can be completed within the required timescale and prescribed word length. It must also be capable of being supervised by a member of the College’s teaching staff or an approved alternative person. Proposals must be based on a reliable body of knowledge which makes intellectual demands appropriate at Master’s level. The student must have access to the relevant resources and the ability to interpret them.

Aims

To enable students to explore a subject of their own choice and to provide evidence of analytical, evaluative and creative abilities at master’s level.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • demonstrate excellent knowledge of their chosen subject area
  • classify, analyse and critically evaluate the material they have collected
Intellectual skills
  • demonstrate research skills on a specific project
  • integrate the topic of their research with broader theological issues
  • if dealing with an applied topic, incorporate practical and theoretical aspects of theology
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • gather appropriate data from relevant sources
  • set out their independent thoughts about their chosen subject in a coherent and integrated way
  • demonstrate mature presentation skills
  • work independently
  • manage time in the planning and execution of a long piece of work

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Supervision meetings
  • Draft texts

Up to eight hours including reading time

n/a
n/a
Summative:
  • A dissertation

15000 words maximum, including footnotes but excluding bibliographies and appendices

100%
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Dissertation

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 490

Credits:

60

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

600

Tutor:

Any member of the teaching staff

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