Social Policy and Planning - Long Essay

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Timo Fleckenstein OLD.2.60


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Policy (Research) and MSc in Social Policy (Social Policy and Planning). This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The purpose is to allow students to study a topic in depth researching the literature and analysing a subject: often these dissertations involve original perspectives or research and some have been subsequently published.


The general subject area of the dissertation should be approved by the tutor by the middle of the second term and the title should be submitted to the course convenor by the end of that term.

Arrangements for Supervision

An appropriate tutor will be appointed to advise each candidate and comment on the first draft of the dissertation.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words).

The dissertation must not exceed 10,000 words.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 21
Merit 59.9
Pass 14
Fail 5.1

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2017/18: 52

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: One Unit

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