School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


SCAN0036 - Dissertation in Scandinavian Studies

Value: 30 UCL credits / 1.0 course unit / 15 ECTS
Final Year (Level 6)
Total Learning Hours: 150
Term: Full Year
Available to Affiliates: Yes, subject to space.
Available to: Final year undergraduate students.
Important: Cannot be taken in conjunction with SCAN0045 (Extended Essay in Scandinavian Studies).

Academic Year: 2018/19
Convenor: Haki Antonsson

Assessment: 10,000 word essay (100%)

Module Description:

The dissertation is a compulsory element of the Scandinavian Studies degree. It is an original academic work on a topic completely of your choosing. You can write on any topic you like (so long as a staff member is willing to supervise it) but are encouraged to write on a topic relating to your specialism (the language, literature, culture, history etc. of the Scandinavian country you have focused on during your studies).

Students decide on a topic and find a supervisor by the end of the first term of their final year. They then research their project over the remaining part of their final year and submit their dissertation as per deadline.

Writing a dissertation gives you an opportunity to pursue a topic of interest to you in depth; to produce work that is based on original research; and to develop your research techniques and skills in academic writing. It can be one of the most satisfying parts of the degree and you can use it to draw together knowledge you have acquired over the course of your studies. A successful dissertation may well form the starting point for further, more independent work at the postgraduate level, and it will be seen as an important indicator of an aptitude for research.

Please note: This module description is accurate at the time of publication but may be subject to minor amendments before the start of the academic year.