Distance learning dissertation

School: School of Government
International Development Department

You will be required to write a 12,000 word dissertation. This contributes one-third (60 credits) of the overall assessment for the programme.

The dissertation is an opportunity to apply the content of the modules studied to a topic of interest to you. It may address an issue of theoretical or practical importance and must be capable of being supervised by an IDD academic staff member. You may relate the topic to your own work and/or your own country, but this is not compulsory. Most important is that the topic chosen is practicable, in the sense that there are adequate sources of reliable information available to you.

Preparation for the dissertation begins on successful completion of the six taught modules. An online dissertation helpdesk runs twice a year to help with this. You are encouraged to produce a dissertation proposal and a dissertation supervisor is allocated. Contact with the supervisor will normally be by email or Zoom/Teams. If you either reside in the UK or are visiting, you can take the opportunity to visit your supervisor (by prior appointment).

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.