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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

ARAM233: Dissertation skills

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Nahyan Fancy ()





Available via distance learning


This module is intended to introduce you to general research skills, sources and tools relevant to the study of the Middle East, North Africa and the Muslim world in general from the perspectives of the social sciences and humanities. It is compulsory for all students on taught Masters courses in the IAIS and for those first year PhD students who are deemed by their supervisors to need methodological training. Otherwise there are no pre- or co-requisites. It consists of workshops introducing relevant methodologies for studying the Middle East, focusing in particular on how to write a dissertation. The course covers issues such as the structure of a research proposal, how to find a research question, the literature review, ethics, and how to receive and use constructive feedback.

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