This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Jonathan Jackson Col.8.05 and Dr Alasdair Jones Col.8.12

Dissertation supervisors.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Students are required to write a 10,000 word dissertation based on an empirical investigation of an issue relevant to the programme content and on a topic within the field covered by their specialist subject and agreed with their supervisor.


A series of 3-4 dissertation seminars during MT and LT. The seminars cover issues pertinent to writing a dissertation such as reviewing the literature, using secondary quantitative data, and research ethics.

Formative coursework

Each student will be required to give a short presentation outlining the subject of his/her dissertation and the proposed argument of the dissertation in a session organised for all students during ST.


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

The 10,000 word dissertation must be submitted via Moodle by 5pm on Friday August 10th 2018.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2016/17: 20

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Value: One Unit

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