Dissertation Objectives

Please ensure that you always inform your supervisor when you will be away from your normal address over the summer for more than two weeks, just in case your supervisor wishes to make urgent contact with you.You should also inform the Postgraduate Supoprt Officer.Candidates for the MSc are required to write a dissertation on a relevant subject approved by the Course Co-ordinator.

Some of the objectives of requiring a dissertation for the MSc are given below.

These may help you understand what is expected of you in writing a dissertation.

Should you have difficulties with your dissertation, always discuss these with your supervisor in the first instance.

Where a problem is unresolved, please then contact your Personal Tutor or the MSc tutor who will try to address the particular issues as soon as possible.

This should be agreed during term 3 and may be in the form of a sequence of supervision appointments at intervals over the summer or a more flexible arrangement.

Students can reasonably expect 5 - 8 hours of supervision during the preparation of their dissertation and before final submission.

Please liaise with all other students interested in the topic to visit the lecturer jointly (usually MSc students organise this by posting lists on the noticeboard in the MSc workroom).

Topics will be assigned by the course tutor taking into consideration your choices as well as your performance in the core modules (as far as marks are available) and the opinion of the potential supervisor about your suitability to his/her suggested topic.

In addition, in order to proceed to dissertation, the student may not have module marks lower than 50% in modules that are worth 60 or more credits, Dissertations are examined in the Department and then sent to the external examiner for his/her assessment.

The MSc degree is awarded subject to a satisfactory standard on the dissertation.

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