Dissertation: MSc International Health Policy and MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Panagiotis Kanavos COW3.08


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Health Policy and MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This is not a course but a dissertation which will be undertaken by students.

Students of this programme undertake a summer placement during which they would be writing up the dissertation. The purpose of the dissertation is to allow students to explore a particular topic or a relevant policy issue in depth. The dissertation may take the form of an empirical research conducted on a topic or issue of relevance to health/social policy; or may be a literature-based providing an analysis of a specific research question of relevance to health/social policy.


4 hours of lectures in the LT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

Students will have at least three individual meetings with their supervisors. Additionally, 3 seminars (2 in the LT and 1 in the ST) will take place during the academic year with the entire class in order to discuss issues pertaining to the dissertation (topic selection, structure, methods, result reporting, ethics approval, among others) and the student placements.

Formative coursework

Students will receive feedback and comments on a 1,000 work summary/outline of the proposed research proposal.

Indicative reading

May T. (1997). Social research: Issues, methods and processes, Open University Press
Robson C (1993). Real world research: A resource for social scientists and practioner-researchers, Oxford University Press.
Wallimann N. (2001). Your research project: A step-by- step guide for the first-time researcher, Sage


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) post-summer term.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: 45

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: One Unit

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