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.

The aim is to apply the knowledge (theory and techniques) you have acquired over the past two years. It gives you a chance to demonstrate your ability to work on your own, acquire knowledge about a specialised area of study, use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material, undertake a thorough review of the literature, draw appropriate conclusions and present a clear, cogent argument. The dissertation may involve the presentation of new knowledge or the use of primary sources, but this is not an expectation.

On successful completion of these linked modules students will be able to demonstrate an ability to:

  • Work on their own
  • Use their initiative in collecting and presenting material
  • Undertake a thorough review of the literature
  • Draw appropriate conclusions from assembled data
  • Present a well-structured dissertation employing the appropriate academic conventions


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