CHM3000 Research Methods and Dissertation

Code: CHM3000
Credits: 60


Module aims:

  • For students to further explore areas of interest within the field of cultural heritage and critically examine and engage with a variety of themes of their choice

  • For students to develop in-depth research and analytical skills

  • For students to produce an in-depth, comprehensive and analytical pieces of academic work in the form of a dissertation

This module comprises of two parts; one taught and one supervised and is held over the course of the academic year. In the second semester, students will attend sessions on Research Methods. During this semester, students are required to produce a research proposal, comprising of a research question, literature review, methodological discussion and a statement about project management. During the third semester, students will take this proposal forward as they focus on their dissertations, where supervisory input offers expertise and monitors progress.

Learning outcomes


  • Conceptual understanding and critical evaluation of an area of interest within the field of cultural heritage management, relevant to Chinese cultural heritage

  • Critical evaluation of debates around the philosophy of social research and methodological issues in research design.

  • Analytical understanding of a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and forms of analysis, and ability to apply these to a novel context.

Critical and reflexive applied knowledge of project management, relevant to the dissertation.


  • Develop skills in specifying research question, reviewing and analysing published academic literature, and engaging in debates around the status of knowledge claims

  • Skills in the specification of research questions.

  • Skills in the design of research projects appropriate to a given question, with an appreciation of inherent methodological trade-offs.

  • Skills in the collection, organisation and analysis of relevant data.

  • Ability to critically analyse a specific area of interest relating to Chinese cultural heritage management, demonstrating originality of thought

  • Production of an original dissertation that contributes to the field of Chinese Cultural Heritage Management

Teaching and learning

Students will receive introductory workshops on Research Methods in Semester Two to help prepare them for writing their dissertations.


Research proposal (10 %) and Dissertation (90%)
Total: 100 %