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Postgraduate Course: Work-based dissertation (MSc in International and European Politics) (PGSP11430)

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
SummaryStudents will undertake a 15,000 word dissertation linked to a work-based placement on a topic related to International and European Politics, to be submitted by a date specified in the University Regulations, usually mid-August. The dissertation will comprise a 12,000 word research paper and a 3,000 word project diary. The placements generally consist of eight weeks of on-location research with a host organisation in the UK or overseas.

The dissertation will comprise a 12,000 word research paper and a 3,000 word diary. 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 and European Politics. The final 3,000 word diary will be submitted alongside the research paper, and fortnightly draft submissions will also be required.

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. There is usually expected to be a balance of empirical and theoretical work. However, students are not required to conduct primary empirical research. The subject should be chosen iteratively on the basis of students' own interests, what subjects staff are able to supervise, and what is feasible in terms of the literature and time available.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
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 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 576 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) A 12,000 word research paper which represents a substantive piece of research conducted as commissioned by the host organization; property rights will be agreed with the host organization prior to the start of the placement.
- a 3000 word project diary, to be delivered in the form of fortnightly progress reports to the dissertation supervisor and the placement coordinator. The final diary will be submitted with the research paper.

The dissertation will be assessed based on the SSPS marking descriptors and the submission deadline would be the same as for classic dissertations.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. undertake independent work on a specified topic given a limited time frame;
  2. draw on their knowledge and insights and employ them in a practice context;
  3. demonstrate their research and analytical skills, training and knowledge acquired in the course of the agreed placement;
  4. develop original and creative responses to issues related to their specialism;
  5. demonstrate time-management, task-management, and self- motivational skills in the planning, conduct, and execution of independent research;
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Course organiserDr Carmen Gebhard
Tel: (0131 6)50 4622
Course secretaryMrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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