Research Design and Dissertation in Development Studies, Development Management and International Development and Humani
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
All International Development staff
Compulsory for MSc Development Studies, MSc Development Studies (Research), MSc Development Management and MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies.
Students will initially submit a 50-100 word topic summary on the last day of Week 4 of Lent Term. They then go on to write a more detailed research proposal towards the dissertation on a topic within Development Studies/Management/IDHE. This will be conducted under the supervision of a member of the International Development staff, through individual tutorials. The student research proposals will form the basis for discussion in dissertation workshops held during the second week of Summer Term.
The research proposal will identify a key question for investigation, the theoretical and methodological framework to be employed in the work and a justification for why the topic is theoretically and empirically important, with reference to the literature. A tentative outline and preliminary bibliography will be included. Students will present their proposals for debate and discussion in dissertation workshops.
Students will attend individual tutorial sessions with either Academic Advisers or other members of staff, as relevant to the topic during Michaelmas Term and Lent Term to identify a research topic and to design research proposals. The proposal must be approved by the assigned Academic Adviser. Dissertation preparation will also be addressed in the context of the DV410.1 lectures. Proposals will be evaluated, commented upon and approved by staff. Students will present their research proposals during dissertation workshops to be held in Week 2 of Summer Term. Attendance at the workshops is compulsory.
Students will submit a research proposal of not more than 2,000 words at the start of ST. This will be evaluated, commented upon and must be approved before proceeding to write the dissertation. Students will submit a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words by 4pm on Thursday 23 August.