SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Dissertation in Political Studies

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate their substantial understanding of a key issue, topic or theme relating to Politics.
  2. Organise their ideas in response to theoretical and empirical material and plan, develop and present a written argument in relation to this.
  3. Show their ability to effectively gather, manage, synthesize and employ relevant data in support of their written argument.
  4. Demonstrate their capacity to work independently under the guidance of an academic supervisor.
  5. Show that they have followed good academic research practice and have achieved a good level of competence in academic writing.


  • Independent study guided by supervisor meetings
  • 10,000 word dissertation worth 100%


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