SA4J3      Half Unit
Dissertation in Global Health

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Elias Mossialos


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Global Health. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The dissertation could be on any topic in the field of global health and policy. It should attempt to integrate approaches and knowledge learned across courses and present results to address a health policy issue or a problem identified through the use of either primary or secondary data. It must demonstrate adequate knowledge of relevant theoretical and empirical literature in the field. In addition, careful analysis of the policy implications and formulation of policy recommendations is essential. The main body of the dissertation should, in principle, include the background to the research, method of investigation, results of the analysis, discussion and policy implications and recommendations.

Students will have the opportunity to attend Information Literacy sessions provided by the Social Policy Librarian.


2 hours of workshops in the LT.

Dissertation workshop in LT (two-hours) and three one-hour sessions of individual supervision (one-hour per term).

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 piece of coursework in the LT.

Students will submit a dissertation proposal to their supervisors by the end of LT. This will be subject to peer review and course teachers will provide feedback by the end of May.

Indicative reading

Dunleavy, P. (1986) Studying for a Degree in the Social Sciences, Macmillan.

(See Chapter 5: Writing a Dissertation)

Denscombe, M. (2007) The Good Research Guide: for small-scale social research projects.

Maidenhead: Open University Press. H61 D41

Dunleavy, P. (2003) Authoring a PhD: how to plan, draft, write and finish a doctoral thesis or

dissertation. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan. LB2369 D92

Grix, J. (2004) The Foundations of Research. Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan LB2369 G87

Rudestam, K. and Newton, R. (2001) Surviving Your Dissertation: a comprehensive guide to

content and process. London: Sage. LB2369 R91


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in September.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information