Advanced independent study in a topic agreed with supervisor

Module details

Offered to 3rd & 4th Years
Independent Study
2 term module
7.5 ECTS
Extra Credit or Degree Credit where your department allows

Degree credit module options by departmentHow to enrol

The Advanced Humanities Project is intended for those students who have a particular interest in the Humanities and have successfully completed and achieved highly in a Humanities and Social Sciences course, usually supplemented by a relevant internship, summer placement or development of a portfolio. It will usually be taken by students in their final year of an MSci degree. The module consists of independent study, supervised by an experienced member of staff who will meet with the student on a regular basis to discuss progress. The topic of the Project must be agreed with the supervisor and should be of sufficient scope and allow for appropriate depth of analysis for the student to meet the learning objectives. Prospective candidates must supply a proposal that details the scope, the research questions and the timetable that sets clear goals for monitoring progress.

You may not enrol for this option without prior approval. Please e-mail Dr Michael Weatherburn in the first instance to check that you will be eligible for this option. Your e-mail should say which Imperial Horizons courses you have completed and outline your initial idea for a topic. Proposals need to be finalised before the end of September for online enrolments to be confirmed. No new enrolments will be accepted after this date.

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Learning outcomes

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  • Demonstrate ability to formulate an initial research proposal, with input from nominated supervisor and field leader
  • Examine key intellectual concepts across relevant disciplines by production of a list of relevant literature.
  • Organise a research plan for discussion with supervisor.
  • Integrate concepts using self-directed primary and secondary research.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research using suitable methods agreed with supervisor.
  • Complete a writing plan for agreement with supervisor.
  • Apply key concepts, research, and feedback to write an analytical advanced humanities project.  

Indicative core content

  • Topics are to be negotiated with individual supervisors and receive the approval of the head of field and the student’s personal tutor. Content must be related to an established area of study within the Science, Culture & Society field.
  • Guidelines for the Humanities Project [pdf]


To be tailored to the subject but as a general guideline:

  • Project write-up (90%) 7,000–10,000 word analytical essay OR creative work submission of variable length (60%), accompanied by a critical essay of approximately 3,000–5,000 words of analysis (30%)
  • Course Performance: professionalism, time management, appropriate response to feedback (10%)

Key information