International Development Thesis (L2153)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

Working on your thesis, you’ll have the opportunity to integrate what you’ve learnt in your studies into a single, sustained piece of writing. You’ll explore a topic of your choice in depth, with the support of a supervisor.

On this module, you’ll learn about the design, planning and execution of the thesis. The module may include the collection of empirical data or the use of secondary source material. You’ll develop your own approaches to investigating the topic, drawing on earlier skills-based modules and on interests developed throughout the degree.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Written assessment (Essay, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 12 hours of contact time and about 288 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: