This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jouni Kuha COL8.02 and Dr Jennifer Tarr COL8.06

Dissertation supervisors.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Students are required to write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic within the field covered by their specialist subject and agreed with their supervisor.


A series of around 4 dissertation seminars during MT and LT. The seminars cover methodological issues such as the literature review, sources of secondary quantitative data, topic guides for interviews, and sources of textual material. Students will be required to write a report where they apply the tools considered in the seminars to a topic of their choice.

Formative coursework

Each student will be required to give a short presentation outlining the subject of his/her dissertation and the proposed argument of the dissertation in a session organised for all students during ST.


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

The 10,000 word dissertation must be submitted via Moodle by Friday August 12th 2016

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2014/15: 25

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

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