Dissertation (Migration Studies) (819F8)

45 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Summer teaching

This module gives you the opportunity to complete an independent piece of research of 10.000 words on a topic of your choosing, relevant to the themes of
the Migration and Global Development MA or Migration and Refugee Studies MA.

The dissertation may involve either an original empirical study involving primary data collection (pending ethics clearance), or research based on secondary data sources. In preparation for your dissertation, as part of the separate research skills module, you will receive training in research methods, dissertation planning, and writing and prepare a Research Outline.

You are also allocated a dissertation supervisor, who will:

  • help you prepare for your research
  • develop your problem solving solving skills
  • supervise your independent research and writing through one-on-one sessions.


100%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 450 hours of work. This breaks down into about 2 hours of contact time and about 448 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.