This topic is taught and assessed as a continuum.
This topic involves writing a thesis in the field of development studies under the supervision of a member of staff. The thesis should give evidence of the student's ability to collect and evaluate information, construct, test and defend an argument and critically examine theories in the area of enquiry. The thesis will normally be assessed by at least two examiners, at least one of whom will be external to the University. The supervisor will not be an examiner.
The Development Studies Research Thesis involves supervised individual reading and research in an area of development studies, culminating in the production of a thesis of about 20,000 words in length. Through the research process the student should have developed sufficient appreciation of research methods and the relevant research literature in order to analyse, in reasonable depth, actual examples of development interventions, problems or impacts.