This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Katerina Dalacoura, CLM 4.11,  Dr George Lawson (MT and ST), CLM 5.12,  Dr Tarak Barkawi (LT), STC 5.76 and Dr Stephen Woolcock, CLM 6.13.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Political Economy, MSc in International Political Economy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Political Economy (Research), MSc in International Relations, MSc in International Relations (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Relations (Research) and MSc in International Relations Theory. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Refer to Assessment below.


1 hour of lectures in the LT.


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

MSc IR, MSc IR (Research), MSc IPE, and MSc IPE (Research) and MSc IRT students are required to write a 10,000-word Dissertation on a topic within the field of IR/IPE/IRT approved by the student's academic adviser. The Dissertation need not be an account of original research and may rely on secondary sources but it should be the product of work done independently and unaided by the the student, except for the initial phase. The Dissertation is supervised in the sense that candidates receive as much help and advice as they need to get their projects up and running. It is not supervised, in line with general School practice, in the sense of receiving written and/or oral feedback on the actual text of the Dissertation. Detailed advice on the nature of the academic adviser's role, timing, deadlines and presentation will be given to students towards the end of MT.

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 12.6
Merit 43.4
Pass 39.7
Fail 4.3

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2012/13: 226

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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