Dissertation in Politics and International Studies

Key information

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FHEQ Level
Department of Politics and International Studies

Module overview

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.


Twelve hours of interactive lectures.

Scope and syllabus

The dissertation will be supplemented by six interactive lectures in term three on 'Research Design and Dissertation Writing' covering the following topics:

  1. Formulating the Research Question and Planning the Journey
  2. Comparative Research
  3. The Literature Review: purpose, approach, design
  4. Linking Theory and Empirical Analysis
  5. Rigour versus Richness: is there a trade-off?
  6. Research Ethics

Method of assessment

The module assessment is 100% (25% 3000 word per essay and 75% final element of the disseration).


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