MG499      Half Unit

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Gwyn Bevan


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Public Management and Governance. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The dissertation requires students to undertake a supervised writing project relevant to the degree. The purpose is of the project is to allow students to demonstrate their ability to contribute to research knowledge in the field or to apply the skills of formal study to a practical problem.


2 hours of lectures in the MT.

MT: One session that  will explain the objectives and requirements of the dissertation and outline possible topics.

LT: Students are required to choose a topic by the start of Lent term when there will be lectures on methods and individual supervision. 

ST: Individual supervision which ceases at the end of the summer term.  

Formative coursework

Each student will be required present an outline of the subject of his/her dissertation and the proposed argument of the dissertation in a session organised for all students at the end of the Summer Term.

Indicative reading

An excellent guide to the stages of doing a dissertation is given by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, ; Joseph M. Williams, The Craft of Research (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing & Publishing). 2nd Edition. 1995, 2003 Series: (CGWEP) Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing.


Dissertation (100%, 6000 words) post-summer term.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2014/15: 40

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills