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ENGL490 Dissertation

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

A dissertation of 15,000 - 20,000 words on an approved research topic.

Working in conjunction with a staff adviser, students investigate a research topic related to either an area with which familiarity has been gained through undergraduate study or derived from an area pursued in one of the taught papers at 400-level.

Paper title Dissertation
Paper code ENGL490
Subject English
EFTS 0.5000
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,426.50
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $13,983.00

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72 300-level ENGL points

Teaching staff

A supervisor will be assigned.

Teaching Arrangements

A series of 1-hour seminars is held through the year offering an introduction to topic formation, to research resources, methods and techniques and to both written and oral presentation skills. An afternoon of seminar presentations is held during this course of classes, and a further seminar will be given in mid-July.

A draft of the essay must be submitted by 31 August, and the final version by 2 October.
Students should submit a formal proposal to the fourth-year co-ordinator before 6 December 2019. The proposal must include evidence of an arrangement for a supervisor (which will be subject to Department confirmation) and a statement of the general topic of the proposed research.

Students will be expected to commit themselves to a reading programme over the summer break prior to the fourth year of study.

Application forms, a list of supervisors and research topics, aims and objectives for this paper are available from the Department Office.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Ability to formulate research questions and develop a research plan
  • Ability to identify and evaluate appropriate research in the chosen field
  • Ability to develop an argument
  • Ability to write with clarity and grace

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 19-22