Dissertation - Social Policy and Development

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Armine Ishkanian OLD.2.54, Dr Timothy Hildebrandt OLD.2.56, Dr Sunil Kumar OLD.2.55, Prof David Lewis and Dr Hayley Jones


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Policy and Development. 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 social policy and development from a government-centred perspective.




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

4 x 90 Minute sessions in the LT (in conjunction with SA470).

Formative coursework

The area of study is defined by the student, in consultation with their academic advisor. An outline proposal is developed on SA472 and submitted via Moodle. The proposal is discussed with the academic adviser early in the Lent Term. Guidance is provided in dissertation writing and research skills. 


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words).

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

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 15.9
Merit 47.8
Pass 29.7
Fail 6.5

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2017/18: 44

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
  • Specialist skills