DELC401: Research Skills for Modern Linguists

20 credits

DELC401: Research Skills for Modern Linguists

This module provides students with a range of research skills specific to Modern Languages that will support students in researching and writing their dissertation. Topics include: Beginning Research; The Academic Research Process; Mapping a Research Project; Abstract Writing; Resource Evaluation; Research Paper attendance; Working with Theory; Advanced Presentation Techniques. The module culminates in a Postgraduate Conference. This module is open to MA and PhD students from a range of Modern Languages related backgrounds and disciplines. This diversity enriches the seminar discussions and enables students to engage in a wider network of researchers beyond their own postgraduate course.

The aims of this module are:

  • To introduce students to a range of practical research methods, formats and techniques used within the Arts and Humanities broadly, and within Modern Languages research more specifically. 
  • To introduce students, where appropriate, to the conventions of research in a British HE institution
  • To explore and develop the ability to present ideas orally and in writing
  • To summarise extended research work
  • To build a platform of research literacy to support MLang dissertation, MA in Translation project work and PhD research projects
  • To encourage life-long learning and further postgraduate work