MPA Dissertation

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Patrick Dunleavy CON5.19 and Dr Rafael Hortala-Vallve CON4.16


This course is compulsory on the MPA in European Public and Economic Policy, MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy and MPA in Public and Social Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

MPA students must write a dissertation (of no more than 10,000 words) on a topic of their choice to be agreed with their supervisor.


Students will be allocated a supervisor, who will provide guidance on this piece of work. MPA Dissertation Workshops will be held to assist in the development of the dissertation.


Dissertation (90%, 10000 words) in the ST.
Project (10%) in the MT.

1) The dissertation title, abstract, contents page and a 5 page synopsis/introduction will count for 10% of the overall dissertation mark. Students may only change their topic thereafter with the agreement of their supervisor. Students will be given feedback on their abstracts. 2) The full dissertation of no more than 10,000 words will account for the remaining 90% of the overall mark.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 14.1
Merit 48.7
Pass 30.8
Fail 6.4

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2012/13: 4

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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