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How to apply for this module for 2022/23

This module is only available to finalist students for students registered on 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 online information sessions in Weeks 8 and 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. These will be the opportunity to ask questions about the application process and proposal, and will run on the following dates and times:

Thursday 3rd March 2022 at 16:00-17:00 on Teams here

Wednesday 9th March 2022 at 16:00-17:00 on Teams here

Just click on the relevant link above to join the information session you'd prefer.

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, by Friday 15 April 2022. Please submit this form in addition to your module choice form.

After you submit this form, we will check with your prospective supervisor that they agree 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 (dates and times TBC).

This workshop aims 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