Dissertation (Sociology)

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Final year module

The dissertation is your chance to study a topic of particular interest to you. You decide on the topic which should have some relevance to Sociology.

This module involves self-directed study under the guidance of a supervisor. Students will be expected to use the research skills and concepts introduced in years one and two to conduct their own research project and to present it in an appropriate style. Supervision will be by a combination of group and individual sessions, as appropriate.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to work on his/her own;
  • relate his/her specific research question to the academic and cultural context (including a thorough review of the literature);
  • use his/her own initiative in collecting and presenting appropriate material/data;
  • use the materials/data collected to engage creatively with relevant debates in Cultural Studies and/or Sociology, drawing appropriate conclusions;
  • present a well structured dissertation, employing appropriate academic conventions (including referencing, bibliography etc.).


  • Continually supervised 100% The final dissertation word length is an absolute maximum of 12,000 words.

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.