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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

Building directly on the skills learnt in AY3512, the student undertakes an original research project, under the guidance of their personal supervisor and course co-ordinator, and at the end of the course submits an archaeological dissertation. The session begins with a research seminar when students present how their research has progressed over the summer and what they will now be doing to complete it.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jeff Oliver

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of AY3502 Archaeological Research Project Part 1 (Passed) or AY3512 Archaeological Research Project Part 1 (Passed) or AY3516 Archaeological Research Project Part 1 (Dl) (Passed) or KL3512 Archaeological Research Project Part 1 (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Archaeology (AY) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AY4009 Archaeological Research Project Part 2 (Dl) (Studied)
  • KL4057 Archaeological Research Project Part 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course builds directly on skills acquired in AY 3512 (Archaeological Research Project Part I), during which students were trained in Archaeological study methods and research design. In completing their dissertation, students will be expected to demonstrate that they can: undertake independent research, conduct advanced library searches; prepare literature reviews situating their research question in its archaeological, methodological and theoretical context; gather, analyse and interpret appropriate datasets; write and edit longer pieces of work; prepare abstracts and bibliographies; assess the ethical issues involved in original research. Students will receive supervision in the completion of their original archaeological research project.

Further Information & Notes

For flexible learning students, KL 4057 is equivalent to this module and is taken instead of this module. Therefore, this course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with KL 4057.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Examination of dissertation (100%).

Resit: No resit is possible.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback during 1:1 meetings with dissertation supervisors and comments on written drafts.

Course Learning Outcomes


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