Module code: THE3009

Module provider

Guildford School of Acting

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 292

Lecture Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 100% COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module enables students to conduct significant independent study, supported by a supervisor and resulting in either written or part written/part practical outcomes.

Module aims

Allow a student to undertake a structured, independent exploration of an area of particular interest, leading to an extended piece of research

Develop students' research skills and methods, utilising the research facilities offered by the School and the University and supported by a research supervisor

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Research a specific area, identify boundaries for research and methods for conducting enquiry KCPT
Plan a long and complex research process; find, evaluate and organise appropriate research materials; establish and refer to a range of relevant resources; conceptualise and articulate a clear argument and structure a long piece of writing KCPT
Sustain self-motivated enquiry, recognise the changing needs of the researcher and the project to produce a dissertation for a specific deadline and in an agreed form KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

The choice of Dissertation topic may arise from a specific theatre interest developed through theoretical and/or practical experience in year 1-2 or from professional training.  The topic should have appropriate content and parameters and should be designed to demonstrate the student’s analytical, critical and evaluative skills.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Prepare students to locate themselves as independent researchers within an existing academic field. The module will enable students to demonstrate methodologies, methods and strategies for effective research, and time and opportunity to try particular approaches in a sustained project. Students will be supported by a supervisor, who will be able to monitor the students’ emerging work. Staff will be able to comment in person and on draft material.

The learning and teaching methods include:

6-8 hours supervisions (this may include supervision of practical sessions if the work will include a practical component).

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

identification of a specific research area and question
assessment of existing research in the field
skills of forming, articulating, securing and sustaining an approach to a research topic


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A) Written element      100%    (8000 words)

B) Written element       75%     (6000 words)

     Practical element    25%     (see performance and presentations timings information)

C) Written element       50%     (4000 words)

     Practical element     50%     (see performance and presentations timings information)


Formative assessment and feedback

Supervisors will advise on the development of the dissertation and feedback on a draft copy, or sections of draft material

Reading list

Reading list for DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/the3009

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Theatre and Performance BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Creative Writing BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Theatre and Performance with Film Studies BA (Hons)(YEAR LONG) Year-long Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.