Dissertation Participation, Power and Social Change (103M9)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Summer teaching

Following the submission date for the second semester coursework, you are required to undertake an individual project based on original research, which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation. Most students will rely on secondary sources. Primary data collection (fieldwork) is not essential, although some students who are able may wish to conduct a short period of fieldwork during the summer. Those wishing to undertake primary fieldwork will have to take one of three methods courses offered in the second semester. You must identify a supervisor and submit a Certificate of Approval for your dissertation by the end of May. Supervisors will guide you on developing your argument, structuring your dissertation and additional readings.


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 60 hours of work. This breaks down into about 4 hours of contact time and about 56 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.