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How to apply for this module for 2024/25

This module is only available to finalist students for students registered on English Literature, English and Creative Writing, 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. If you are not a student within one of these degrees and are interested in taking this module, you should email the convenor for more information.

Information sessions

Rochelle Sibley will be holding an in-person information session in Week 9 of Term 2 to open up the process of thinking and research that you need to undertake to prepare for application for this module. This will be the opportunity to ask questions about the application process and proposal. This session will be held at the following time:

Friday 8th March 2024 at 12-1 in OC1.01 (Oculus Building)

Before you attend the information session please watch the screencast here, which outlines the timeline for applying to the dissertation module and covers the specifics of the dissertation proposal. Your principal objective is to find a supervisor to oversee the project. You may want first to discuss opting for the dissertation with your personal tutor if you are unsure who to ask, or approach your preferred supervisor directly. You must draw up an outline proposal, consult with your Personal Tutor, identify a suitable supervisor and obtain their agreement. Then you should fill in this dissertation application form, indicating where required that you have followed these steps, and submit this when you submit your module choice form. The deadline for submitting the dissertation application is Tuesday 7th May 2024 (the same as the ECLS deadline for submitting your module choices).

After you submit this form, we will check with your prospective supervisor that they agree to the final proposal. Then the Dissertation Convenor will let you know if your proposal has been accepted. Some applicants may be asked to revise their proposal before it’s finalised.

The next step

There will be follow-up workshops Term 3 once you have been accepted, which you will be able to sign up for on Tabula nearer the time. Each workshop will run three times, once online for students who are on their year abroad, and twice in person.

Week 7, Term 3 - Starting your research

Group 1: Tuesday 4th June 2024 at 11:00-12:00 in FAB5.03

Group 2: Tuesday 4th June 2024 at 16:00-17:00 via Teams

Group 3: Wednesday 5th June 2024 at 11:00-12:00 in S0.11

Week 8, Term 3 - Defining your project and planning ahead

Group 1: Tuesday 11th June 2024 at 12:00-13:00 in OC1.04

Group 2: Tuesday 11th June 2024 at 16:00-17:00 via Teams

Group 3: Wednesday 12th June 2024 at 11:00-12:00 in FAB5.03

These workshops aim to help you to make a productive start to the research for your dissertation over the summer. We will focus on the following:

  • the difference in approach needed for dissertation research, compared with essay research
  • developing a plan for conducting your research effectively
  • finding, selecting and using primary and secondary sources
  • some practical and time-saving tips for conducting literature searches
  • time to start some practical searching for your topic, with support

It should help you to make a confident start to your research over the vacation, and save you a lot of time next year!


Please address questions to Rochelle dot Sibley at warwick dot ac dot uk