This information is for the 2023/24 session.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Political Science (Conflict Studies and Comparative Politics), MSc in Political Science (Global Politics), MSc in Political Science (Political Behaviour), MSc in Political Science (Political Science and Political Economy), MSc in Political Theory, MSc in Public Policy and Administration and MSc in Regulation. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

A compulsory 10,000 word dissertation is required to be submitted as part of the assessment for each Government MSc programme. The dissertation is due in August 2024.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in August.

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 37.4
Merit 53.9
Pass 7.5
Fail 1.2

Key facts

Department: Government

Total students 2022/23: 254

Average class size 2022/23: 23

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Value: One Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication