This information is for the 2016/17 session.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Political Science and Political Economy, MSc in Political Theory, MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University), MSc in Public Policy and Administration and MSc in Regulation. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

A 10,000 word dissertation is required to be submitted as part of the assessment for each Government MSc programme. The dissertation is due by 5pm on 24 August and is compulsory.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in August.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 19.6
Merit 52.7
Pass 24.3
Fail 3.4

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2015/16: 254

Average class size 2015/16: 36

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication