Dissertation - Social Policy and Development

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Anthony Hall OLD2.28, Prof David Lewis OLD2.25, Dr Muzafferettin Seckinelgin OLD2.57, Dr Armine Ishkanian OLD2.42 and Dr Timothy Hildebrandt OLD2.55


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Policy and Development. 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 government-centred perspective.

Selection of Topic

The area of study is defined by the student, in consultation with their academic adviser. An outline proposal is developed on SA472 in Moodle and discussed with their adviser early in the Lent Term. Guidance is provided in dissertation writing and research skills.

Arrangements for Supervision

The adviser will provide regular supervision and feedback.


10 hours and 30 minutes of lectures in the MT.


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 15.6
Merit 56.3
Pass 25.9
Fail 2.2

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 48

Average class size 2014/15: 50

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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