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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Dissertation
    Subject English
    EFTS 0.5
    Points 60 points
    Teaching period Full Year (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $3,721.50
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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


    Full Year

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 11:00-12:50 17
    Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 15-22
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