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EN3E0 Dissertation



PLEASE NOTE: This module is not open to students on the Q300 English Literature degree unless they are returning from an intercalated year to start their final year of studies in 2021-22. Students on the three-year Q300 English Literature degree will be taking the new compulsory Research Project module in their final year from 2021-22.

Students registered for English and Theatre, Film and Literature, Philosophy and Literature, English and French, English and German, English & Italian, English & Hispanic, English and Classics, or English and Cultural Studies, may be permitted, at the discretion of the department, to write a dissertation of 9,000 words (from 2019/20) (see here for further note on word count/submission/referencing) on a chosen research topic, instead of one 30 CATS taught module. The department only allows you to take this option in your final year. If you would like to write a dissertation as your option you must draw up an outline proposal, consult with your Personal Tutor about potential supervisors, obtain a supervisor's agreement and then fill out the dissertation application form. A step-by-step guide is available when you follow this link. You are advised to start thinking about opting for the dissertation module during the spring term.


The module is 100% assessed only and you should take the module in the final year of your degree. See the relevant subpage (above) for details regarding submitting your final Dissertation.

All students on EN3E0 will join the writing and research skills workshops for the compulsory Research Project module, which run throughout the academic year. A full schedule can be found here.

The submission deadline is midday of Tuesday Week 3, Term 3, so midday on Tuesday 10th May 2022.


Please note that you should receive the minimum supervision of 8 half hour meetings spread through terms 1 and 2 - either 4/4 or 3/5. These meetings should be scheduled with your supervisor, be uninterrupted and not take place during their office hours.

As a minimum for the reading of drafts, students may submit one draft section, chapter or literature survey of any length during the latter weeks of Term 1, to be read and receive feedback on a date to be agreed with the supervisor. Students are to arrange with supervisors the latest possible date when they will look at a full draft of the dissertation. This will normally be no later than Week One of Term Three.

Application process for 2022-2023

If you would like to take this module next year, please click here for details of the application process.