Reviewing Research Literature 2019/20 entry

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Coventry University


September 2019



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The skill of reviewing research literature and crafting a literature review underpins many types of research writing.

Through their literature reviews, writers demonstrate knowledge of their research area, position their work within existing debates, and justify the question/s on which their work hinges. Writers who are new to producing a lengthy piece of research often struggle to conduct and structure literature reviews effectively, which can impact negatively on the early stages of research projects.

Course information

This 20-credit Master’s-level module supports writers who need to produce a substantial and rigorous literature review.

It may be particularly useful for those who are just starting their PhDs, DBAs, and other research degrees. The module is taught by lecturers in Coventry University’s Centre for Academic Writing (CAW) and students from any discipline are welcome to enroll. There are no prior entry requirements for this module.

This is also the first step in CAW’s suite of modules for developing research writing skills. Other modules in the suite include ‘Crafting a Research Article’ (M20CAW) and ‘Writing for Scholarly Publication’ (M01CAW).

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

The module is taught over a period of 11 weeks. The teaching is workshop-based and supervised writing time is built into each session. The module culminates in an end-of-module conference in which you will present your justification for your research project, based on reviewing relevant literature.

During the module you will receive formative feedback on your writing from staff, and you will give and receive peer reviews. The module normally runs twice per academic year, in the Autumn and Spring terms.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include essays and presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of this module you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how to recognise fundamental features of the literature review as a genre of academic writing
  • Acquire conceptual and theoretical understanding of the literature review genre in your discipline
  • Practice applying principles of argumentation and criticality to your own writing and recognise them in the writing of others
  • Learn to effectively evaluate and synthesise relevant literature in relation to a specific research project
  • Construct a justification for a specific research proposal in light of relevant evidence.

24 teaching contact hours over 11 weeks as detailed above:

  • 5 x four-hour sessions (workshop + writing time) (09:00-13:00)
  • 1 x four-hour end-of-module conference (09:00-13:00)

Entry Requirements

There are no prior entry requirements for this module.

There are no prior entry requirements for this module.

There are no prior entry requirements for this module.

Fees & Funding

The fee for this 20-credit Master’s module is £690.22 for both internal and external applicants.

Coventry University postgraduate students and staff members please note:

  • Coventry University research students are required to take Master’s or Level 3 credits (40 credits for PhD students; 30 credits for Master’s by Research students) as part of their study. This module provides 20 credits which can be used for this purpose. The cost of modules undertaken as part of study for a Coventry University research degree is included in the fees for the research degree qualification. 
  • Coventry University staff members will incur the full fee unless they are also enrolled as Coventry University research students and meet the above criteria. Assistance with payment may be available through departmental staff development funding.



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EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

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Career prospects

This module can enhance your career prospects by enabling you to develop the skills to articulate and disseminate the research you conduct through publication.


By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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