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Dissertation - Global Diplomacy Programmes

​The dissertation module is an opportunity for students to develop their interests in particular area. It comes at the end of the taught modules and may be based on something that students have found during their studies or a personal interest or experience. ​

Topics covered

The dissertation is fully supported by the Distance Learning team and a suite of resources specifically designed for the module.

The dissertation is divided into two sections;

  • the pre-proposal stage, where students are provided with appropriate research skills
  • the post-proposal stage, where students will be working with a full-time Academic member of staff.

The module will provide students with the ability to plan and write a dissertation, after displaying evidence of independent research skills and critically reflection. In other words the dissertation is designed to engage students in a sustained piece of individual, academic research on a chosen topic within the field of international relations.


  • A written dissertation of not more than 15,000 words, excluding the bibliography and appendices (85%) 
  • A 1,500 word research proposal (15%).