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Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module ANTH2187: Research Project Design

Department: Anthropology

ANTH2187: Research Project Design

Type Tied Level 2 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap None. Location Durham
Tied to L601
Tied to L602
Tied to B991
Tied to LF64
Tied to LL36
Tied to CFG0
Tied to LMV0
Tied to LA01


  • Doing Anthropological Research (ANTH1101) or a relevant methods module in another department.


  • Biology, Culture and Society (ANTH2207) OR Reading Ethnography (ANTH2197) OR Debating Anthropology and Archaeology (ANTH2121)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To build upon previous methods training by providing the skills necessary to develop independent dissertation projects.


  • The module prepares students for independent dissertation research through a series of lectures and practical sessions around choosing a research topic, identifying literature, selecting appropriate methods and ethical considerations.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Understanding of the research process in anthropology and related disciplines, including the collection and manipulation of data, research design, analysis of literature, and the relationships between data and argument.
  • Understanding of research ethics and data management in anthropology and related disciplines.
  • Integrating data, approaches and literature from different disciplines, including social anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Preparing a dissertation research proposal in anthropology (including identifying research questions, identifying and engaging critically with literature, selecting appropriate research methods and preparing and ethics application).
  • Conducting literature searches and developing library research skills.
  • Developing qualitative and quantitative research skills.
Key Skills:
  • Proposal writing skills.
  • Preparing an ethics application and applying ethical guidelines in research.
  • Planning and time management.
  • Carrying out independent research. 

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Hour-long lectures covering different aspects of the research process, from choosing a topic, project design, ethics and data management, and literature searches to data analysis interpretation, writing skills and developing arguments.  Most lectures will be live while some may be pre-recorded.
  • Workshop will provide students will the opportunity to develop their ethics application in a small group with support from an experienced tutor.
  • Students will develop their ideas with a proposal supervisor via consultations.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 5 Epiphany term 1 hour 5
Workshop 1 Epiphany term 1 hour 1
Consultations with supervisor 4 Epiphany and Easter term 30 minutes 2
Preparation and Reading 92
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Dissertation proposal including ethics application 2500 words 100% Yes

Formative Assessment:

Preliminary research proposal (750 words).

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University