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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This is a compulsory element on the MRes Political Research programme.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Lynn Bennie

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MRes Political Research (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students complete a 12,000 word dissertation under supervision.

Further Information & Notes

Students who meet the necessary requirements proceed to the dissertation. The dissertation follows the form of an exploratory project. Students clarify their research questions, review appropriate literatures, present and defend their research strategies and designs, analyse their preliminary findings and produce a written dissertation. Topics are selected by the student in consultation with their supervisor. For students intending to continue to doctorate, the dissertation will be preparation for their doctoral research: a frame within which to clarify the research question, summarise the literature review, summarise and defend the intended data collection methods, give details of necessary access and the like.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

12,000 word dissertation worth 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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