MSc Health, Population and Society Dissertation

This information is for the 2015/16 session.


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

Course content

The purpose is to allow students to explore a particular research topic on issues related to health and population in depth.

Selection of topic

The topic of the dissertation is selected in consultation with the student's personal supervisor.


An appropriate dissertation tutor will be appointed to advise each student as the work proceeds. In addition, students are given a class on research and dissertation writing, and another one on data sources and uses. Students are expected to make a non-assessed presentation of their proposed dissertation topics in LT.


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


Dissertation (100%) post-summer term.

The completed dissertation must be submitted 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 15.4
Merit 59.6
Pass 21.2
Fail 3.8

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 17

Average class size 2014/15: 17

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