MSc Dissertation CEES5016P

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The MSc Dissertation option offers students the opportunity to identify an original research proposal and to conduct independent research on their chosen topic. This allows students to conduct research on a topic under the guidance of a supervisor and will acquaint them with a wide variety of research methods and encourage the use of these various research methods, and original East European language sources in their chosen area of Central and East European Studies. The aim is to prepare students for further postgraduate research or employment in jobs related to Russia, Central and Eastern Europe.

Students will benefit both from the specialised knowledge of staff in areas where they have made a particular research contribution and provide a specialised education in the study of Central and East European Studies in both its empirical and theoretical aspects.

Timetable

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Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

  Dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

The MSc Dissertation option offers students the opportunity to identify an original research proposal and to conduct independent research on their chosen topic. This allows students to conduct research on a topic under the guidance of a supervisor and will acquaint them with a wide variety of research methods and encourage the use of these various research methods, and original East European language sources in their chosen area of Russia, East European and Eurasian Studies. The aim is to prepare students for further postgraduate research or employment in jobs related to Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Students will benefit both from the specialised knowledge of staff in areas where they have made a particular research contribution and provide a specialised education
Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies in both its empirical and theoretical aspects.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the dissertation, students should:

· have a specialised knowledge of a specific cultural, economic, historical or political area of analysis and country within the field of Central and East European Studies;
· be acquainted with a range of methodologies;
· possess a detailed knowledge of the culture, economics, history and politics of the region;
· be able to evaluate theories and analyse critically the arguments of scholars;
· have acquired the ability to approach any subject of enquiry in an open-minded, rigorous and undogmatic manner and the skill to construct arguments and express their own views in a logical and lucid fashion;
· an ability to work independently using their own initiative to produce work containing a substantial element of originality;
· identify and gather research data (i.e from original language sources, interviews, media, archives and government reports).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits