This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Indraneel Sircar COL7.04

Dissertation supervisors.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Social Research Methods. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

Students are required to write a 10,000 word dissertation. The dissertation is based on an empirical investigation of an issue relevant to the programme content and on a topic within the field covered by their specialist subject and agreed with their supervisor.

Formative coursework

Each student will be required to give a short presentation outlining the subject of his/her dissertation and the proposed argument of the dissertation in a session organised for all students during ST. 


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

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2019/20: 25

Average class size 2019/20: 25

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: One Unit

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