Government Dissertation Option

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Michael Bruter CON4.06


This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History and BSc in Politics and Philosophy. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

This course may be taken only in the third year. Students who take this course will not be permitted to take GV353 Politics of Money, Finance and Trade in Comparative Perspective. A BSc Government and History student cannot choose both HY300 and GV390 and a BSc Politics and Philosophy student cannot choose both GV390 and PH299.

Course content

A dissertation of not more than 10,000 words on a topic to be approved by a proposed dissertation advisor and the Departmental Tutor. The topic should be chosen from any area within the field covered by the degree course and supported by a member of the academic staff from the Government department willing to act as dissertation advisor. Following the dissertation information session organised by the department in the second year of the students’ curriculum, candidates should approach their tutor during the Lent Term or Summer Term of their second year to discuss the possibility of a proposed dissertation topic.
After having received approval for a topic by a prospective advisor, students must submit a dissertation form detailing final title and synopsis/prospectus to the Departmental Tutor for approval by the fourth week of the third year.


2 hours of seminars in the MT. 3 hours of seminars in the LT.

Five seminars split between the Michaelmas Term and Lent Term as well as individual supervision. Dissertation advisors can be expected to offer advice on reading and guidance on the organisation of the dissertation; they may also read and comment on a draft outline of up to 1,000 words. Tutors or other teachers are not permitted to read or comment on a final draft of the whole dissertation or any part of it. The number of individual meetings with the students will be strictly limited but should be at least once per term in the student’s third year. It should be stressed that no member of staff is under an obligation to agree to supervise any proposed dissertation


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in the ST.

The completed 10,000 word dissertation must be submitted to the appropriate LSE Office by the second week of the Summer Term. Footnotes are to be included in the word limit - but not the bibliography. The examiners may determine that the candidate should be called for an oral examination.

Student performance results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

Classification % of students
First 40
2:1 55
2:2 5
Third 0
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2012/13: 12

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills