1 1 of INTR9118, POAD9058
2 A GPA of at least 5.25 in MAIR-Master of Arts (International Relations)
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Topic description
Supervised research on an approved subject relating to international relations, leading to the writing of a dissertation around 18,000 words. The dissertation 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 dissertation will 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.
Educational aims
The topic aims to:
  • provide scope to develop a special research interest under the supervision of an individual staff memberprovide the chance to enhance research skills to an extent not possible earlier in the degree, by working in an intensive way and reading widely on a quite particular issue
  • enable a student to show originality in the writing of an extended piece of argument (around 18,000 words) which is fully supported by an extensive range of evidence, including primary evidence
  • provide the opportunity to examine directly some of the academic literature in political and international studies
  • adequately prepare the student for postgraduate work.
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic students will be able to:

  1. Manage a piece of sustained research and writing
  2. Work in an independent way, largely taking responsibility for the form, argument and quality of the final thesis
  3. Understand the critical need to employ reliable research methods
  4. Support an extended argument with appropriate and convincing evidence by way of well-organised footnotes and bibliographic support
  5. Achieve a level of originality in some aspect(s) of the thesis submitted.