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PL50770: MA in International Security dissertation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 30      [equivalent to 60 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 600
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Dissertation period
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: DS 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Dissertation (DS 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
The dissertation provides students with an opportunity to pursue in some depth one academic topic they encountered within the area of international security that interests them especially. More specifically, the dissertation provides students with the opportunity to design and complete a research project drawing on the assistance of a designated academic supervisor.

Learning Outcomes:
Students successfully completing this unit will have:
* practiced and developed skills required to pursue independent learning, with limited supervision;
* undertaken primary research relevant to the chosen field of study and/or;
* demonstrated an ability to develop a level of conceptual and theoretical analysis commensurate with a Masters level degree.

The skills the unit will develop are:
* Advanced research skills in identifying, locating and exploiting a wide range of descriptive, evaluative and theoretical literature.
* Intellectual skills of conceptual, original and independent thinking, critical analysis, synthesis and reasoned argument.
* Skills of assessment and judgement in relation to the soundness of competing arguments and scenarios including the reporting and assessing of qualitative and quantitative data.
* Generic and transferable skills related to the oral and written presentation of ideas.
* Skills of self-direction, self-evaluation and time-management.

A topic relevant to the content area of the degree programme, i.e. international security.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL50770 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies