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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 Third Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Mr James H. Wyllie

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • 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)

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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