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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

  • Programme Level 4

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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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Archeology Major
  • BSc Archaeology
  • BSc Archaeology with Chemistry
  • BSc Archaeology-Geoscience
  • MA Anthropology-Archaeology
  • MA Archaeology
  • MA Archaeology - Celtic and Anglo-Saxon
  • MA Archaeology-Geography
  • MA Archaeology-History
  • MA Archaeology-History of Art
  • Non-Graduating Student in Science Iss

Contact Teaching Time

8 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week8

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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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