TH7615 - Dissertation




60 CC   30 ECTS

Distance Learning; King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


Guided support 40 hours
Generated study time 560 hours

600 hours total study time: incorporates supervision and generated self-study time. Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
40 0 560

The supervisor will work with students to develop suitable reading of select books, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to work independently and research the subject to find further course material. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended resources for research.

Students will be required to choose a topic in consultation with an appointed supervisor. The topic must be within the context of theology and in accordance with the overall aims of the Masters programme. The supervisor will ensure that the student's chosen topic is viable and relevant and accords with the aims of the module.

Students are expected to consult with their supervisor at frequent intervals either by telephone, e-mail or face-to-face meetings depending on circumstances.

The tutor will work with the student to ensure that suitable bibliographic materials are used in the course of research and study.

To encourage students to pursue a scholarly interest in theology and enable them to undertake independent, critical research and investigation in a theological topic of their own preference.

To provide students with experience of critical, basis of independent research undertaken at the forefront of academic research.

To enable students to evaluate and critically discuss independent findings and to foster research techniques and communication skills when relating to theological study.

To equip students to undertake original research at doctoral level.

Guided reading, individual study and research, together with individual tutorial support where appropriate. Students will prepare for their research dissertation individually. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

By the end of the module the students will demonstrate

  1. A scholarly and academic understanding of the process of researching and documenting the various aspects and nuances that are to be found in the proposed topic.
  2. An ability to demonstrate critical, academic awareness and methodologies in approaching theological study at the cutting edge thereby demonstrating clear progression from previous studies at undergraduate level.
  3. A capacity to recognise the key themes or distinctives in the chosen field of study together with an ability to describe in detail and clarity complex aspects of the proposed topic.
  4. An awareness of theological discussions that interrelate between the subject at hand and the wider field of theology, particularly with respect to contemporary academic literature

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
115,000 word research dissertation100%1-4Coursework



As assessment

Guided reading will be provided by the supervisor according to the topic. General resources are as follows:

Biggam, J. (2008). Succeeding with your master's dissertation : a practical step-by-step handbook. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.

Bui, Y. N. (2009). How to write a master's thesis. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage.

Jackson, H. (2005). Good grammar for students. London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE.

McCormack, J. (2009). English for academic study : extended writing & research skills (Rev. ed.): Reading:Garnet Publishing.

Tucker, D. C. (2000). Research techniques for scholars and students in religion and theology. Medford, N.J.: Information Today.

Vyhmeister, N. J., & Robertson, T. D. (2014). Your guide to writing quality research papers for students of religion and theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Andy Cheung


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