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QS304 - Dissertation

  • Module code: QS304
  • Module name: Dissertation
  • Department: Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The dissertation allows students to develop a research project independently, with the support of a supervisor(s), and to write a substantial piece of work discussing the results of this research. Whilst this is a self-directed research exercise, students are expected to have regular meetings with their supervisor(s) throughout the year, in order to receive guidance on defining and developing the research topic and on arguing and presenting their thesis. Students will be required to analyse secondary quantitative datasets as part of their project. The dissertation aims to enhance skills in quantitative research, critical analysis and argumentation, creative thinking, and academic writing, and to foster the specific intellectual interests and aptitudes of individual students.

Principal learning outcomes

The dissertation provides an excellent training for students intending to undertake further academic study beyond the BA. It also enhances students' key skills in time management and communication of research results both orally and in writing.

Timetabled teaching activities

Dissertation sessions/workshops take place throughout Term 1 & 2. These sessions are compulsory and should be attended in addition to your home department dissertation sessions.

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Other essential notes

This is a core module, which is supported by funding from the Nuffield/ESRC/HEFCE as part of the Q-Step degrees in ‘Sociology and Quantitative Methods’ and ‘Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods.’

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: QS304-30)
A (Assessed work only) Dissertation (10,000 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (with Intercalated Year) (M167) - Year 4
Optional Core


  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (with Intercalated year) (ML35) - Year 5