Dissertation - Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Sarabajaya Kumar KSW5.02, Prof Anthony Hall OLD2.28, Prof David Lewis OLD2.25, Dr Muzafferettin Seckinelgin OLD2.57 and Dr Armine Ishkanian OLD2.42


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The 10,000 word dissertation enables students to analyse in greater depth an issue relevant to social policy and development from a civil society-centred perspective.


The advisor will provide regular supervision and feedback.

Formative coursework

The area of study is defined by the student, in consultation with their academic adviser. An outline proposal is developed on SA470 in Moodle and discussed with their adviser early in the Lent Term. Guidance is provided in dissertation writing and research skills.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in September.

Dissertations should be no more than 10,000 words in length (100% of this unit), excluding the bibliography. The dissertation must be submitted to the Course Administrator on or before 1 September (or if this falls on a weekend, the first weekday after 1 September).

Student performance results

(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 5.5
Merit 54.5
Pass 32.7
Fail 7.3

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: 21

Average class size 2012/13: 22

Value: One Unit

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