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 politics or international studies.

Students should starting thinking about a possible topic and supervisor during the summer term before taking this module. Essay topic to be determined in consultation with tutor/supervisor. Plan to be submitted by end of October. Search and review of literature through Semester 1. First draft to be submitted by end of January. Final version submitted at the end of the Spring term.

By the end of this module students should be able to

  • demonstrate an ability to work on their own
  • to use their initiative in collecting and presenting material
  • undertake a thorough review of the available literature
  • draw appropriate conclusions from assembled data
  • present an academic essay


  • Final dissertation should be approximately 12,000 words in length