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Course Overview

Building directly on the skills learnt in KL3512, 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 the students updating the co-ordinator and each other on 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 Online Sustained Study No
  • Professor Keith Dobney

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Archaeology (AY) (Studied)
  • One of 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)
  • Distance Learning (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • AY4002 Archaeological Research Project Part 2 (Studied)
  • KL4057 Archaeological Research Project Part 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: To provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they are able to complete an original piece of research on a specialist topic in Archaeology. On successful completion of the dissertation students will be able to: • Demonstrate substantial personal initiative by conducting research on a specialist topic in Archaeology • Understand the overall research process, define problems and design overall research strategies • Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of other research. • Understand the role of the researcher and ethical issues related to research • Collect, evaluate, analyse and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data to address specific research questions. • Conduct research on a specialist topic requiring substantial individual initiative. • Understand the importance of time and project management prioritisation of work tasks. • Communicate research findings to a high standard of written and visual information. • Self-manage a longer-term research project and reflect on progress. Content: This course builds directly on skills acquired in AY 3502 (Archaeological Research Project Part I), and its KL equivalent, 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

This course may NOT be included in a graduating curriculum with the AY equivalent, AY 4002.

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: Not possible.

Formative Assessment

Oral feedback during equivalent session(s) using Blackboard Collaborate. Written feedback as above.


Oral during seminar and supervisor sessions; oral and/or written feedback on dissertation drafts.

Course Learning Outcomes


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