Postgraduate Course: Work-based dissertation (International Development) (PGSP11402)
|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 15,000 word dissertation linked to a work-based placement on a topic related to International Development issues, 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, from our network of contacts which includes NGOs, charities, social enterprises, think-tanks and government bodies.
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 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 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 5 (sem 2)
|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)
||The 15,000 word dissertation includes a research paper of 12,000 words and a research-based Diary of 3,000 words. Draft diaries must be sent on a fortnightly basis to the academic supervisor and the placement coordinator.
|No Exam Information
| By the end of the dissertation the students will have:
- 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||Mr Jeevan Sharma
Tel: (0131 6)51 1760
|Course secretary||Miss Kate Ferguson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5122