Compulsory final project

The Final Project is a research project with a key function in the master’s degree syllabus. Students should use the project to demonstrate their research skills and capacity to work independently, applying the skills acquired during the course, integrating new skills specifically related to the research project, and extending the knowledge acquired in other subjects. The Final Project also provides students with an opportunity to work with research groups with which the master’s degree teaching staff collaborate.

The work should be compatible with one of the research areas covered by the Department of English and German and will be supervised by a PhD holder from the teaching staff. Students must complete a research project configured either as a piece of original research or as a series of critical readings of recent research results.

The tutor will provide advice and guidance on theoretical and methodological aspects of the project, recommend references, and monitor the format of the final document. To ensure the quality of the work and receive approval to proceed to the presentation, students must follow the advice and recommendations of the tutor during the preparation of the project and submit a completed copy as early possible so that any changes required can be made before the defence.

Projects awarded a grade of Excellent or Excellent with Honours may be published (with the author's consent) in the student assignment collection in the UB’s digital repository.

Structure

  • Abstract (100-200 words)
  • Index
  • Introduction and state of the art (existing knowledge, literature, the  need for novel contributions)
  • Research question(s)
  • Methodology
  • Results analysis
  • Discussion of results
  • Conclusions (making reference to the project’s contribution to the field)
  • Appendix (if necessary)
  • Bibliography

Length

Projects should have approximately 8,500‒9,500 words for quantitative studies, and 9,500‒10,500 words for qualitative studies (double spaced, 12 point).

Style sheet

UB regulations

General regulations (in Catalan)

Regulations at the Faculty of Philology (in Catalan)

February assessment period

  • Deadline for submission of an initial research proposal (approx. 400 words) to the master's degree coordinator: 22 September 2018.
  • Meeting of the master’s degree teaching staff and selection of tutors for each Final Project.
  • Start of supervision of Final Projects: 3 October 2018.
  • Deadline for submission of the Final Project to the tutor for final review and confirmation of defence to the coordinator: 1 February 2019.
  • Deadline for submission of five copies of the completed project (reviewed by the tutor) to the Secretary's Office for Students and Teaching Staff of the Department of English and German, together with signed authorization from the tutor to proceed to the presentation and defence: 7 February 2019, 2.00 p.m.
  • Public presentation and defence: 21 and 22 February 2019.

June assessment period

  • Deadline for the submission of an initial research proposal (approx. 400 words) to the master’s degree coordinator: 11 January 2019.
  • Meeting of the master’s degree teaching staff and selection of tutors for each Final Project.
  • Start of supervision of Final Projects: 1 February 2019.
  • Deadline for submission of the Final Project to the tutor for final review and confirmation of defense to the coordinator: 21 June 2019.
  • Deadline for submission of five copies of the completed project (reviewed by the tutor) to the Secretary's Office for Students and Teaching Staff of the Department of English and German, together with signed authorization from the tutor to proceed to the presentation and defense: 1 July 2019, at 2.00 p.m.
  • Public presentation and defense: 16-18 July 2019.

September assessment period.

  • Deadline for submission of the Final Project to the tutor for final review: 2 September 2019.
  • Deadline for submission of five copies of the completed project (reviewed by the tutor) to the Secretary's Office for Students and Teaching Staff of the Department of English and German, together with signed authorization from the tutor to proceed to the presentation and defence: 9 September 2019, at 2.00 p.m.
  • Public presentation and defence: 19-20 September 2019.

Students are given 15 minutes to present their work, during which time they should endeavour to display their competence as researchers and to tell the panel about plans for future research, if applicable.

Each examiner then has around 5 minutes in which to comment on the work presented and ask further questions. Students should write down the questions asked by each member of the panel and will then have 10 minutes in which to answer them.