The researching and writing of a 12,500 – 15,000 word dissertation provides you with the opportunity to integrate and hone a variety of skills acquired and extended during your studies, and to significantly deepen your knowledge of a topic of your choice. In many ways, the dissertation is the culmination of your studies in the Division of Politics & International Relations. Writing a dissertation will require you to research, compile, analyse, summarise, assess, argue, formulate, structure, and evaluate. In writing your dissertation, you must engage with problems/issues/topics that broadly reflect the substantive content and/or methodological concerns of your chosen programme.
Aims and Objectives
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Significantly deepen knowledge of a topic of student's choice
- Integrate and hone a variety of skills acquired and extended during the studies
- Engage with problems/issues/topics that broadly reflect the substantive content and/or methodological concerns of student's chosen programme
- Master the skills related to conducting research, compiling evidence, analysis, summarising, assessing, arguing, formulating, structuring, and evaluating
The researching and writing of a 12,500 – 15,000 word dissertation is a lengthy project of largely independent study. The examiners will be looking for evidence that the thesis accurately reflects the title. They will look for a clear analysis and a coherent, consistent argument, informed by a good knowledge of available sources. They will expect accurate spelling, punctuation, grammar, good general presentation, etc., correct and complete referencing, and a full bibliography. These criteria are to be met by the student being examined, whilst a supervisor will offer formal advice as to structure and argument.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
|Total study time||600|
Resources & Reading list
Ridley. The Literature Review. SAGE.
Burnett. Doing Your Social Science Dissertation. SAGE.
Alvesson, Sandberg. Constructing Research Questions. SAGE.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
|Diligence and Initiative||100%|
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External