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The MA dissertation, the copestone of the MA in Language, Culture and Society, should be 12,000 words long, written in English or one of the foreign languages taught in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society, and submitted at the end of the programme (7 September).
In their dissertations the student are expected to investigate a research question in considerable depth, demonstrate good research skills and show an independence of thought. Dissertation are supervised by a School teaching staff and should focus on a literary or historical or cultural topic agreed with the supervisor and, if appropriate, the SELCS Graduate Tutor.
Dissertations normally focus on an analysis of the literature, history or culture associated with the twelve languages taught in the School: Catalan, Danish, Dutch, French, Galician, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.