This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Katharine Millar CLM.4.10, Dr Katerina Dalacoura CLM.4.11 and Dr James Morrison 95A.1.14

Dr Chris Alden CLM.5.13


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Political Economy, MSc in International Political Economy (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Political Economy (Research), MSc in International Relations, MSc in International Relations (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in International Relations (Research) and MSc in International Relations Theory. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Refer to Assessment below.


1 hour of lectures in the MT.

Additional dissertation advice and support sessions will be arranged by MSc Programme Directors during the Lent Term. Details will vary by Programme and students will be notified by email towards the end of the Michaelmas Term.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in the LT.

MSc IR, MSc IR (Research), MSc IPE, and MSc IPE (Research) and MSc IRT students are required to write a 10,000-word Dissertation on a topic within the field of IR/IPE/IRT approved by the student's academic adviser. The Dissertation need not be an account of original research and may rely on secondary sources. Dissertation supervision consists of oral feedback at two points in the dissertation writing process: first when students submit the initial topic and research question in early LT; and second when students have submitted a more detailed 4-5 page plan in late LT. The Department will further supplement this supervision with a series of bespoke dissertation workshops focusing on research design, methodologies and the writing up process.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 18.6
Merit 52.6
Pass 24.9
Fail 3.9

Key facts

Department: International Relations

Total students 2017/18: 215

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: One Unit

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