TH6619 - Independent Study Project


Independent Study Project


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


20 hours of guided support 20 hours
180 hours of personal study 180 hours

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
20 0 180

Core course material is noted as required in student courseware and typically includes guided the reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to make use of a range of materials recommended by their tutor as suitable for their particular research topic

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 Graduates Diploma 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 develop critical study skills in theological analysis and practice.
  • To encourage students to develop their own interest in theology and enable them to undertake independent research and investigation in a theological topic of their own preference.
  • To provide students with experience of critical, academic basis of independent research upon which further studies can be undertaken atpostgraduate level
  • To enable students to evaluate and critically discuss independent findings and to foster research techniques and communication skills when relating to theological study.

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. An improved and critical understanding of the process of researching and documenting the various aspects and nuances that are to be found in the proposed topic.
  2. An increased ability to demonstrate critical, academic awareness and methodologies in approaching theological study thereby demonstrating clear progression from previous studies at level 5.
  3. A further capacity to recognise the key academic 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 increased awareness of theological discussions that interrelate between the subject at hand and the wider field of theology.

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word Assignment100%1-4Coursework

Formative Assessment: Students will be expected to interact within the activities presented to them in the module by sharing learning experiences or discussing theological issues on the eCampus forum. This formative exercise must be completed before the summative assessment is submitted.


As assessment

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

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. (2008). Quality research papers for students of religion and theology (2nd ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.


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