This course requires students to undertake and produce a substantial piece of research of about 12,500 words (50 pages typed, double-spaced), demonstrating scholarly ability, independent thought and a good grasp of academic style. The Diploma Thesis is meant as an opportunity for the student both to complete a large-scale project and to make use of the skills s/he has acquired from his/her undergraduate studies. Students interested in registering for the Diploma Thesis should arrange well in advance with a member of the teaching staff to act as supervisor of the thesis. Students are expected to have regular weekly contact with their supervisor throughout the semester. Only fourth-year students are eligible to register. Previous experience in writing research papers is required. Course objectives: By the end of the course students are expected to have ēConsolidated their research and writing skills as a prerequisite for entering a graduate program of studies. ēDeveloped their critical thinking in research, to show independent thought in the treatment of their subject matter and a good sense of academic writing style. Assessment: Research paper of around 12,500 words.