This information is for the 2018/19 session.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in Global Politics, MSc in Political Science and Political Economy, MSc in Political Theory, MSc in Public Administration and Government (LSE and Peking University) and MSc in Public Policy and Administration. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

A compulsory 10,000 word dissertation is required to be submitted as part of the assessment for each Government MSc programme. The dissertation is due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday 20 August 2019.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in August.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 27.4
Merit 52.7
Pass 16.6
Fail 3.4

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2017/18: 243

Average class size 2017/18: 38

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication