This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Susana Mourato S503

Programme Director of relevant MSc programme. 


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change, MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation, MSc in Human Geography and Urban Studies (Research), MSc in Local Economic Development, MSc in Real Estate Economics and Finance, MSc in Regional And Urban Planning Studies, MSc in Urban Policy (LSE and Sciences Po) and MSc in Urbanisation and Development. This course is available on the MSc in Environment and Development. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The dissertation may be on any topic within the field of the MSc programme studied. Approval for the topic must be obtained from the relevant Programme Director.


Teaching comprises a set of lectures and workshops which vary according to the particular Master’s programme being undertaken:

MSc Environment & Development; MSc Environmental Policy & Regulation; MSc Environmental Economics & Climate Change:   1 general two-hour lecture in MT on dissertation guidance ; 1 x 3-hour workshops in MT for each of the environment programmes (choosing a topic and managing research); 3 x 3-hour joint methods workshops (optional) in LT.

MSc Real Estate Economics & Finance: 1 x 2-hour Lecture in MT on dissertation guidance.

MSc Local Economic Development: 1 x 3-hour Lecture in MT on dissertation guidance.

MSc Urbanisation & Development: 1 x 2-hour Workshop in MT on dissertation preparation.

MSc Regional & Urban Planning Studies: see course GY450, 'Planning Practice and Research'.


Assessment path 1
Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) post-summer term.

Assessment path 2
Dissertation (95%, 10000 words) post-summer term.
Other (5%) in the LT.

GY499 is the Dissertation code for all MSc Programmes within the Department of Geography and Environment.


Students enrolled on the MSc Environment and Development, MSc Environmental Policy and Regulation or MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change will follow 'Assessment Path 2' and be assessed via a 1,500 word dissertation plan (worth 5%) and then a 10,000 word dissertation (worth 95%).


All other Geography and Environment MSc Programmes will follow 'Assessment Path 1' and be assessed by a 10,000 word dissertation only (100%).

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 29.5
Merit 44.1
Pass 21.9
Fail 4.5

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2017/18: 250

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: 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
  • Specialist skills