Dissertation - Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Armine Ishkanian OLD2.42, Dr Timothy Hildebrandt, Prof Anthony Hall, Dr Sunil Kumar, Prof David Lewis and Dr Muzafferettin Seckinelgin


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The 10,000 word dissertation enables students to analyse in greater depth an issue relevant to social policy and development from a civil society-centred perspective.


10 hours and 30 minutes of lectures in the MT.

The advisor will provide regular supervision and feedback.

Formative coursework

The area of study is defined by the student, in consultation with their academic adviser. An outline proposal is developed on SA470 in Moodle and discussed with their adviser early in the Lent Term. Guidance is provided in dissertation writing and research skills.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in September.

Dissertations should be no more than 10,000 words in length (100% of this unit), excluding the bibliography. The dissertation must be submitted to the Course Administrator on or before 1 September (or if this falls on a weekend, the first weekday after 1 September).

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 8.9
Merit 55.4
Pass 30.4
Fail 5.4

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 28

Average class size 2014/15: 28

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: One Unit

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