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On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
(a) plan and organise a research project from inception to delivery;
(b) investigate and develop a deep understanding of an issue of relevance to the cultural sector or to the management of a specialist field in arts or heritage;
(c) understand how to conduct primary and secondary research;
(d) develop appropriate research methodologies;
(e) know how to relate theory to practice;
(f) exercise their analytical skills more effectively.
The eclectic mix of students undertaking this masters programme is reflected in the very wide diversity of dissertation topics. These can range across the major art forms (visual arts, music, theatre, dance etc.) or can deal with various aspects of heritage management and museums. Topics can also deal with specific aspects of cultural policy (for example, government policies for the arts and/or heritage in a given country, or comparatively across two or more countries), and specialist fields of cultural sector management (for example, arts education, marketing, museum curatorship).
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
An honours university degree at minimum level of 2.2 and work experience in the cultural sector. Selection is by short-listing and interview.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Submission of MA thesis||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Presentation: A short, individual 15-20 minute presentation of their evolving thesis idea in late March. Peer feedback and feedback from lecturers will help the student to refine and develop their research.||Week 10||n/a||Graded||No||
|Assignment: An initial proposal for the thesis, providing a clearly defined research question, an outline of objectives and proposed methodology, and an initial reading list relating directly to the research topi||Week 2||n/a||Graded||No||
|Remediation Type||Remediation Timing|
|Repeat||Within Two Trimesters|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Extensive written feedback, and in person if requested, is provided on the dissertation as finally submitted. Earlier in the development stage, students may present a draft introduction and first chapter. They will then receive feedback on their progress in terms of structure, thematic focus and observation of academic conventions.
|Dr Annette Clancy||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Dr Victoria Durrer||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Assoc Professor Emily Mark-Fitzgerald||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|