This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Stephen Woolcock CLM 6.13, Dr George Lawson CLM.5.12 and Dr Jurgen Haacke


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 MT.

Additional dissertation advice sessions will be arranged by MSc Programme Directors during the Lent Term. Details will vary by Programme and students will be notified by email early in the Lent Term.


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

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 13.3
Merit 48.7
Pass 33.6
Fail 4.4

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2014/15: 220

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

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