SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Dissertation - Distance Learning

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This is the dissertation for the online programme MSc International Development, MSc Humanitarian Action and any other online programmes launched by the department.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

  • devise a research question and methodology
  • undertake independent research
  • collate and analyse findings, construct an independent argument  

Scope and syllabus

A 15,000 word dissertation on a subject that pertains to the subject area of the core module.

Method of assessment

Learning materials will be delivered (100%) via the VLE moodle with resources drawn from the SOAS library and the University of London Online library. Learning is focused upon free-form and structured discussion and both these and the materials are supported by a dedicated Associate Tutor (one per 15 students).

Online Learning provision allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used.

The course will employ a range of proven student focused assessments. These will be on-line activities known as “e-tivities”. They are specifically designed to meet the programme's learning outcomes.


These E-tivities can be resubmitted.


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules