MSc in Culture and Society Dissertation

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Donald Slater STC S310 and Prof Nigel Dodd STC S106


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Culture and Society. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This workshop will guide students through the process of conducting an independent dissertation project in the MSc Culture & Society.


1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT. 1 hour and 30 minutes of seminars in the LT.

There will be three workshops during MT for ALL MSc students based in the Sociology department. These will be taught in conjunction with LSE Life and programme convenors, and aim to provide some basic guidance about planning your dissertation, such as selecting a suitable topic, reviewing the existing literature, devising a research question and designing a research method

Indicative reading

This is a workshop and has no specific reading list.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in August.

Two hard copies of the dissertation, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Administration Office, S116, no later than 16:00 on Thursday 15th of August 2019 if you are a full-time student and in the subsequent year if you are a part-time student. An additional copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 18:00 on the same day.

Dissertations may be up to and no more than 10,000 words, must be word-processed and be fully referenced using a recognised citation system.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2017/18: 28

Average class size 2017/18: 15

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication