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Dissertation - human rights


The dissertation is a key part of the MA programme, and builds independent research skills through three components.

Topics covered

  • ​This module includes a ‘conducting human rights research’ taught element, the submission of a research proposal and the submission of a final dissertation.
  • ​The ‘conducting human rights research’ component will help students to develop the skills and knowledge that will be used to construct a research proposal and to undertake a substantial piece of independent research in the human rights field for the dissertation.
  • Once the dissertation topic is approved, the MA programme staff will endeavour to provide a specialist in the topic chosen by the student to supervise his/her dissertation research.


This is assessed in two parts: a research proposal (15% of the overall dissertation grade) and a written thesis (85%).