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The dissertation is likely to be the most demanding aspect of the Diploma Course, and the one most particularly useful in determining a student's capacity for proceeding to M.A. study. In the case of the dissertation, students are free to select any topic of their own choice, provided that there is an appropriately qualified tutor available within the English Department to act as supervisor. It is not necessary to choose a different general area of study from those examined in the taught courses selected, but care must be taken not to repeat particular topics of work.

Students will be introduced by supervisors to the research skills necessary for their chosen task, and will have the benefit of working on a one-to-one basis with an expert in their chosen field. A list of English Department research interests is given here.