Dissertation: MSc International Health Policy and MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Panagiotis Kanavos COW.3.08


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Health Policy and MSc in International Health Policy (Health Economics). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This is meant to be a seminar aiming to prepare students for the dissertation, which is a compulsory component of the degree.


Students of this programme undertake a summer placement during which they will be writing up their dissertation. The purpose of the dissertation is to allow students to explore a particular topic or a relevant policy issue in some depth. The dissertation may take the form of an empirical research conducted on a topic or issue of relevance to health/social policy; or may be a literature-based providing an analysis of a specific research question of relevance to health/social policy.


4 hours of lectures in the LT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.


The course comprising a total of 3 2-hour lectures/seminars/coaching sessions (2 2-hour sessions in the LT term and 1 2-hour session in the ST) will require participation from the entire class in order to discuss issues pertaining to the dissertation (topic selection, structure, methods, result reporting, ethics approval, linkages with the summer placements among others) and the student summer placement process.  The course will serve as a means to assist students with the preparation and finalisation of their dissertation proposals.  In this context, students will also receive feedback and assistance from their supervisors, with whom they will need to meet on at least three occasions.

Formative coursework

Students will receive feedback and comments on a 1,000 work summary/outline of the proposed research proposal from their supervisors.

Indicative reading

May T. (1997). Social research: Issues, methods and processes, Open University Press

Robson C (1993). Real world research: A resource for social scientists and practioner-researchers, Oxford University Press.

Wallimann N. (2001). Your research project: A step-by- step guide for the first-time researcher, Sage


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

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 15.5
Merit 66.7
Pass 17.8
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 61

Average class size 2014/15: 61

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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