Dissertation - Sociology SOCIO5071P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Sociology MSc degrees are designed to culminate in a thesis of 12000-15000 words. Students will be assigned a Dissertation supervisor in Semester 2.



Requirements of Entry


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Other coursework

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. The aim is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they can integrate the taught and research elements of the course and in the process to develop the skills needed to pursue postgraduate research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the dissertation, students should be able to:

■ evaluate theories and analyse critically the arguments of scholars;

■ demonstrate 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.

■ work independently using their own initiative to produce work containing a substantial element of originality.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits