Independent Project

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr David Madden STC.S209


This course is compulsory on the MSc in City Design and Social Science. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The independent project enables students to develop an original and extended piece of work on any approved topic within the field of the MSc programme - students are encouraged, but not required, to develop work on themes or sites introduced in their Studio or core courses. The project may focus on a small-scale urban research study or on a practical proposal for urban intervention. Approval for the topic must be obtained from your academic advisor.


In LT students attend a project workshop and then submit a provisional project abstract; academic advisors for the independent project are assigned on the basis of the abstract. In ST, each student has regular supervisory meetings with their academic mentor, and one day of final group reviews with members of faculty. Students are also encouraged to consult with other members of faculty during regular office hours.

Formative coursework

Students are required to submit one project abstract, and to produce regular formative project work in consultation with their academic advisor.


Project (100%, 10000 words) post-summer term.

Two hard copies of the dissertation, with submission sheets attached to each, to be handed in to the Sociology Hub, STC.S116, no later than 4.00pm on Thursday 20th of August 2020. An additional electronic copy to be uploaded to Moodle no later than 4.00pm on the same day.

Both hard copies and electronic copies must be submitted on time to avoid any late submission penalties.

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.

Attendance at all classes and submission of all set coursework is required.

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 21.1
Merit 69
Pass 9.9
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2018/19: 16

Average class size 2018/19: 16

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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