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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The Strategic Studies dissertation is a compulsory element of the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mr James Wyllie

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

  • One of Master Of Science In Strategic Studies & Energy Security (Sept Start) (Studied) or MSc Strategic Studies and International Law (Studied) or MSc Strategic Studies and Management (Studied) or MSc Strategic Studies (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (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 who meet the necessary requirements may proceed to the dissertation element of the programme. The dissertation comprises a 12 – 15, 000 word analysis of a topic related to the Strategic Studies curriculum and agreed with the programme director. The dissertation allows students to bring knowledge and insights from all the taught units to bear on a single topic. The dissertation will attest to thorough and well-organised research, including primary material where appropriate. It will identify and measure central themes and elements of the topic within a coherent framework. The supervisor’s duties comprise assistance in the selection of the topic and general guidance towards sources, arguments, and the overall structure and presentation of the research, but the dissertation is essentially an exercise in student initiative and self-management.

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

Students complete a 12 - 15,000 word dissertation under supervision.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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