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DELC 320: Dissertation

If you take a Single Major degree, you will be expected to explore an interest in a particular topic you have touched upon as part of your second year studies, and to develop your own 'specialist subject' working on a dissertation of approx 10,000 words.

This Full Unit option is a Compulsory unit for Single Major Language Students, and can be chosen as an option by all other major DELC students. This option is not available to minor students.

The only restrictions on topic choice are that:

  • it is capable of being approached from a serious academic angle and
  • it falls within the range of expertise of a member of the Department’s staff


  • In the Michaelmas Term of your 2nd Year you will attend a compulsory workshop for all major students on Dissertation and Essay writing and research.
  • In the Lent Term of your 2nd Year there will be an introductory talk for the dissertations and the procedure for choosing a topic and allocating a supervisor will be explained.
  • In the Summer Term of your 2nd Year your topic will be agreed and discussed with your supervisor, prior to your year abroad.
  • During the Year Abroad in the 3rd year you will do preparatory research
  • You write the dissertation in your final year

Regular supervision is provided by the relevant supervisor, including feedback on the first draft of the completed dissertation. The dissertation must be completed and submitted not later than the Monday of the First week in the Summer Term of the Final Year.

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