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Dissertation / Long Project

A Thai Typewriter


Module Leaders

Dr Gioia PanzarellaLink opens in a new window

Core - Final year only
Terms 1, 2 and 3
7 lectures
8 supervision sessions
23 weeks duration

Not available to students outside GSD

The information on this page relates to the 2021-22 academic year

Principal Aims

The module requires you to demonstrate your acquisition of a range of intellectual and practical skills for engaging with a topical issue related to any area of Global Sustainable Development. You are expected to bring together theoretical concepts and practical approaches to address a specific problem, and to demonstrate your ability to think across disciplines and produce an original intervention (a concept paper, a practical project, a film production, a long essay, an advocacy campaign etc…) in the field of sustainable development. Furthermore, the module encourages each student to design a strategy for disseminating their findings (present at a conference, publish online, publish in a journal, hold a public meeting) in the public space.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you will have:

  • Learned to design a feasible research project;
  • Planned, implemented and managed a research project;
  • Produced a piece of original research that is based on a topical issue related to Global Sustainable Development;
  • Designed a public dissemination event to showcase your findings;
  • Presented the findings of your research project in a public forum.



Proposal (1,500 words) (10%)

Dissemination (format varies) (20%)

Research-paper format Dissertation (8,000) or Alternative format (+ a 2,000-word commentary) (70%)

Employability Skills

Through this module, you will develop a number of different skills that are sought by employers which will support your professional development. We have highlighted this to enable you to identify and reflect on the skills you have acquired and apply them throughout your professional journey including during the recruitment processes whether this on an CV/application form or at an interview.

Project Management – Working on an independent research project involving all stages, including the design of a proposal, initial assessment, planning, and research, scheduling tasks, monitoring progress and presenting the findings

Research – Working on an independent research project involving both qualitative and quantitative research methods to collate data and critically analyse findings.

Oral Communication – Developed through presenting your project to a wider public in your dissemination.

Hear from Single Honours GSD alumnus, Rhys, about his dissertation

  Please note: Module availability and staffing may change year on year depending on availability and other operational factors. The School for Cross-faculty Studies makes no guarantee that any modules will be offered in a particular year, or that they will necessarily be taught by the staff listed on this page.