Postgraduate Course: Dissertation MSc in Africa and International Development (PGSP11251)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Students will undertake a dissertation of no longer than 15,000 words on a topic related to international development issues, to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations, usually by the end of August. The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a substantive piece of independent research in international development. The work is expected to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field, building upon relevant concepts and theories introduced in the taught elements of the degree and deploying a range of primary and secondary sources as well as appropriate data-analytic and bibliographic skills. Each student will be allocated a research supervisor by the end of the second semester to advise on and oversee her/his research progress. There may be some opportunities to undertake dissertation research as part of planned internships with development organisations, these will be assessed by the same criteria as the standalone dissertations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|No Exam Information
| Students will:
- Knowledge of academic and policy debates about international development relevant to the dissertation topic.
- Critical understanding of theories, concepts and the practice of development interventions.
- Detailed knowledge of the case study examined.
- Ability to critically evaluate and analyse the empirical evidence employed in the dissertation.
- Critical understanding of the challenges and realities of work in the field of international development.
- Demonstrable skills in data analysis, academic writing and referencing
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Gerhard Anders
Tel: (0131 6)51 3178
|Course secretary||Ms Jessica Barton
Tel: (0131 6)51 5066
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