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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc International Relations of the Middle East) (PGSP11292)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThe dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to produce a substantive piece of independent research in International Relations of the Middle East. The dissertation will be no longer than 15,000 words on a topic related to the international relations of the Middle East to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations.

The dissertation is expected to tackle a research problem, engage the relevant literature, and build upon the relevant concepts and theories introduced in the taught elements of the degree. Students will deploy a range of primary and secondary sources as well as appropriate data-analytic and bibliographic skills. Each student will be allocated a research supervisor from either IMES or Politics International Relations by the Spring to advise on and oversee her or his research progress.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 583 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 15000 Word Dissertation
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Students will:

learn to undertake a sustained piece of independent research within the disciplinary fields of International Relations and Middle Eastern studies that demonstrates the research skills, training and knowledge acquired in the previous coursework;
refine their abilities to engage critically and analytically with the significant literature in the field of their specialist interest;
train to formulate a research problem;
utilise relevant theories, theoretical frameworks and concepts in tackling a research problem;
learn to develop a systematic research design;
demonstrate scrupulous attention to the relevant data-analytical, referencing, and bibliographic conventions.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Ewan Stein
Tel: (0131 6)50 4264
Email: ewan.stein@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
Email: gillian.macdonald@ed.ac.uk
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