DR 996: MA Dissertation
(60 credits - 30ECTS)
This module is only available for postgraduate students on the MA Theatre Dramaturgy, not for the undergraduate MDrama pathway.
Undertaking individual and autonomous research, students will creatively apply their
Undertaking individual and autonomous research, students will creatively apply their previously acquired knowledge and expertise in the field of theatre dramaturgy. The topic and focus of the research investigation will be chosen, framed and developed by the student individually, based on their individual interests. The dissertation proposal will be agreed and supervisors allocated, normally by week 8 of Spring Term. The written dissertation which clearly articulates the research questions explored and the outcomes of the investigation will normally be submitted by early September.
In line with the advanced nature of this Masters-level project, students will undertake, on this module, primarily independent, self-directed learning and research, framed by individual supervision and group tuition to help and encourage the development of an independent perspective. The supervisor will advise on reading and other forms of primary and secondary material, and to direct and provide feedback on the organisation, form and content of the dissertation. As appropriate for a 60 credit module, students will be expected to devote 600 hours of study to their dissertation project.
100% Written Dissertation (with accompanying documentation as appropriate) of 12-15,000 words. The Dissertation will be doublemarked by an Internal Examining Panel, and an External Examiner will examine the work of this module.
On successful completion of their dissertation, students will have developed
· skills in devising, undertaking, and contextualising original independent research exploring advanced problems concerning the theories and practices of theatre dramaturgy
· comprehensive knowledge and imaginative engagement with the complex discourses of and around dramaturgic practice, and with the relevant methodological and professional tools and techniques,
· through a detailed extended study a wider knowledge of the history, contexts, and configurations of dramaturgic practice and its role within creative theatre production,
· an ability to frame, articulate, and communicate in writing the evidence base and argument of the research undertaken.
Also, students will develop
· their independent learning ability required for continuing professional development
· their autonomous and original initiative in inventing, creating, and executing complex tasks and problems at professional level,
· their ability to support and supply their inventive work with a thorough research and efficient assessment of available facts and data from all appropriate sources
· their ability to engage in and communicate in appropriate style an extended study, and to keep focus and concentration over an extended dense period.