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ENGL490 Dissertation

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 0.5
Points 60 points
Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,620.00
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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72 300-level ENGL points

Teaching staff

A supervisor will be determined based on student research interest and staff availability.

Teaching Arrangements

A series of 1-hour seminars is held Fridays at noon in semester one, offering an introduction to topic formation, to research resources, methods and techniques and to both written and oral presentation skills.

A series 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 the end of August, and the final version in early October.

Where possible, students should identify a research topic by early December so that they can 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 400-level coordinator.

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

Students who successfully complete this paper will demonstrate the:

  • 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, 17-22