Dissertation PUBPOL4001P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description




Requirements of Entry

Normal requirements for Honours

Excluded Courses



Students studying abroad in their junior Honours year are recommended to take an equivalent research methods course at their host university. The Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences pubpol4026 and the Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences pubpol4025 are compulsory courses for single honours students in Public Policy and for joint honours students who wish to take the dissertation in Public Policy.


Dissertation of between 10,000 and 12,000 words on a topic approved by the Honours co-ordinator. The word length will include the abstract but will exclude appendices and bibliography. Ethical approval must be obtained before commencement of research for the dissertation.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To provide an opportunity for students to study an aspect of Public Policy in more depth than permitted through essays.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will be able to:

■ Work independently under the guidance of a designated superviser

■ Undertake an original piece of work

■ Utilise Research Methods tools of data collection and analysis

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits