Dissertation - International Social & Public Policy

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Armine Ishkanian OLD.2.54 and Dr Timo Fleckenstein OLD.1.17


This course is compulsory on the MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration) and MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The 10,000 word dissertation enables students to analyse in greater depth an issue relevant to their international social & public policy programme.


6 hours of lectures in the LT.

Academic advisors will provide regular supervision and feedback throughout the three terms (MT, LT, and ST).

Formative coursework

The area of study is defined by the student, in consultation with their academic adviser.

An appropriate academic adviser is appointed to supervise each candidate and students will discuss an outline proposal  with their adviser early in the Lent Term. 

The general subject of the dissertation should be approved by the academic adviser by the middle of Lent Term and the title should be submitted to the course convenor by the end of Lent Term.

The supervisor will provide regular supervision and feedback.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in September.

Dissertations should be no more than 10,000 words in length (100% of this unit), excluding the bibliography.  

Two hard copies of the Dissertation must be submitted to the Social Policy Administrative hub by the Departmental Dissertation deadline. The Dissertation must also be submitted electronically via Moodle by this deadline

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 17.3
Merit 34.6
Pass 39.5
Fail 8.6

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2017/18: 26

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: One Unit

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