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Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (MSc International Development) (PGSP11291)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryStudents 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.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 588 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 15 000 word dissertation
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Plan and eecute a significant piece of independent work within the field of International Development that displays and extxends research skills, training and knowledge acquired in the previous coursework
  2. Demonstrate mastery of a range of techniques of enquiry and/or materials reflecting the current state of their discipline and appropriate to independent research on their chosen subject
  3. Employ relevant concepts and theories in presenting a sustained argument/thesis that is developed in accordance with social scientific norms and engages critically and analytically with the significant relevant literature in the field of their specialist interest
  4. Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in time and task management, taking primary responsibility for all aspects of their work
  5. Deal self-reflexively with complex ethical and professional/academic issues and make informed judgements on issues arising in the context of independent research
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Mohammad Amir Anwar
Tel: (0131 6)51 1731
Course secretaryMr Adam Petras
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