Final Year Project in Politics

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FHEQ Level
Department of Politics and International Studies

Module overview

The Final Year Project is a project students undertake on an approved topic within the areas of interest of the department. It usually takes the format of a dissertation, but other formats are possible. The project allows students to engage in independent research on a topic of their choosing under the guidance of an academic supervisor. It is accompanied by a compulsory seminar that provides training and guidance on how to design, research and write/present the project. The seminar runs throughout terms one and two and is intended to be a forum in which students present their ideas and get feedback from peers as well as a forum for support and guidance on how to write an UG dissertation.

Students wishing to undertake a Final Year Project should start planning towards the end of the second term of the preceding year. They must submit a title and a short synopsis (max. 500 words) of the topic to their chosen supervisor and to the FYP convenor for approval by the last Friday of September, prior to the beginning of the academic year. Approval will depend on the feasibility of the proposal and the availability of appropriate supervision. The FYP is currently only open to students who attained a 2.1 average in their second year of study.


  • 2 hours seminar per week

Method of assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework


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