Dissertation: Population and Development

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

MSc Convenor and academic advisor.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Population and Development. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The purpose is to allow students to explore a particular research topic in depth.

Arrangements for Supervision

An appropriate academic advisor will be appointed to advise each student. Students are given a class on research and dissertation writing in addition to attending SA4C1.

Selection of Topic

The topic of the dissertation is selected in consultation with the student's academic advisor.


3 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of seminars in the LT.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in September.

The completed dissertation must be submitted on or before 1 September (or if this falls on a weekend, the first weekday after 1 September).

The length of the dissertation should be 45 pages maximum.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 12.9
Merit 52.9
Pass 31.4
Fail 2.9

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 23

Average class size 2014/15: 23

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills