Social Policy and Planning - Long Essay

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof David Piachaud OLD2.64


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Policy (Research) and MSc in Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The purpose is to allow students to study a topic in depth researching the literature and analysing a subject: often these dissertations involve original perspectives or research and some have been subsequently published.


The general subject area of the dissertation should be approved by the tutor by the middle of the second term and the title should be submitted to the course convenor by the end of that term.

Arrangements for Supervision

An appropriate tutor will be appointed to advise each candidate and comment on the first draft of the dissertation.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in September.

The completed 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) in the year of the examination. It must not exceed 10,000 words.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 15.8
Merit 61.6
Pass 20.9
Fail 1.7

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 51

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

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