Dissertation: LSE-PKU Double Degree in MSc International Affairs

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Alan Sked SAR 3.16


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Affairs (LSE and Peking University). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The dissertation is an exercise in using primary source material to write on a precise topic in the history of international affairs. Although candidates may engage with relevant theories and concepts, the dissertation should be largely devoted to utilising such theories and concepts in the analysis of one or more specific historical events and should be based largely upon primary sources. Candidates should aim to include an element of originality in the conceptualising of the thesis or the treatment of evidence. The subject must fall within the syllabus of the degree and must be supervised by a member of staff in the Department of International History


4 one-hour sessions in MT.

HY498 teaching is provided through HY498/499 Dissertation workshop sessions and through the individual supervision of dissertation projects by supervisors in the Department of International History. Students should use the Michaelmas Term to find, decide on, and develop a suitable dissertation topic and consider possible dissertation supervisors. Help with this process is available from the students' personal advisers. Students are then required to complete the HY498 Dissertation Proposal Form and to seek approval for their project from their dissertation supervisor. It is the students' responsibility to locate a supervisor. They should meet with the potential supervisor in late Michaelmas term (every member of staff has weekly office hours) to discuss their dissertation proposal, and then get the supervisor to sign the HY498 Dissertation Proposal Form before the deadline on 12.00 noon of Wednesday 13 January 2016 at the latest. It is the students' responsibility to contact their supervisor to arrange at least one but no more than three meetings in the Summer Term to discuss their dissertation. At this stage the supervisor will be prepared to read and give feedback on a draft table of contents and a draft chapter, or a section or a detailed plan of the dissertation of no more than 1,000 words.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in September.

The dissertation must not exceed 10,000 words (100% of course mark), including text and footnotes but excluding the cover page, the table of contents, the list of abbreviations, the bibliography and appendices. A Fail cannot be compensated, and a degree cannot be awarded unless HY498 has been passed. Two bound copies and one electronic copy must be submitted by 12.00 noon on Wednesday 7 September 2016 to SAR 1.03E in the Departmental Office.

Key facts

Department: International History

Total students 2014/15: 22

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

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