Dissertation in Global Studies

Key information

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Module overview

An initial dissertation research proposal is submitted in Term 1 allowing for the allocation of academic supervisors, followed by the dissertation the following September.

Dissertation topics can be wide-ranging reflecting the breadth of issues International Studies and Diplomacy.

Objectives and learning outcomes

Completing an MA dissertation is a crucial component of postgraduate study. At the end of the module, students will have:

  • A solid foundational knowledge of their chosen research topic and its application across a particular area of International law, politics, economics, public policy and contemporary diplomatic practice, particularly relating to Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • Developed the skills to pursue independent research from secondary and in some cases primary sources in this field.
  • Learned how to organise their data and articulate their arguments coherently and clearly.


There will be an initial introductory lecture at the beginning of Term 1.

Through Term 1 students will be supported by dedicated Tutors through the VLE, and peer support throughout. Students will develop key research skills, and an awareness of research methods through these supported activities.

Each student will have the opportunity for three 1hr supervision sessions with their supervisors.

Method of assessment

  • Dissertation: 100%


important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.