Advanced independent study in a topic agreed with supervisor

Module details

  • Offered to 4th & 5th Years in specific departments only**
  • Independent Study
  • 2 term module worth 6 ECTS
  • Degree Credit only

**See info at the top of the following webpage: 
4th & 5th Year Undergraduates (6 & 7.5 ECTS)

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 module, 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 you on a regular basis to discuss progress. The topic of the Project must be agreed with your supervisor and should be of sufficient scope and allow for appropriate depth of analysis for you 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 are eligible for this option. Your e-mail should say which Imperial Horizons module(s) 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.

*The module specification above is subject to final committee approval and is therefore subject to change.*

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Learning outcomes

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By the end of this module you will be better able to: 

  • 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.
  • 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 your personal tutor. Content must be related to an established area of study within the Humanities and Social Sciences field.
  • Guidelines for the Humanities Project [pdf]


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

  • Coursework: Essay - 8,500–12,000 words (90%) 
  • Practical: Student performance - engagement with project, professionalism of organisation and research (10%)


  • Coursework: Creative work submission of variable length depending on media (60%)
  • Coursework: Essay - 3,500–6,000 (30%)
  • Practical: Student performance - engagement with project, professionalism of organisation and research (10%)

Key information

  • You are expected to spend approximately 150 hours total study time for the module, to be completed through a combination of independent study and meetings with your supervisor. Independent study includes preparation for meetings and assignments, wider reading and guided research relevant to the module. You can expect 15 hours contact time, which includes meetings and studying a draft of your work.
  • This module is designed as an undergraduate Level 7 module. See Imperial Horizons level descriptors [pdf]