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Dissertation Overview

One (full) optional paper may be replaced by a 12,000-word dissertation on a subject of the student's choice. Dissertations are submitted in Easter term. The dissertation is an optional component of the MPhil in Development Studies.

Prospective Students:

Students who wish to choose the dissertation option should formulate a research topic before starting the degree programme in October.

Details of how to submit a summary of a potential research topic will be included in the MPhil Handbook and circulated to incoming students early-mid September.

Students will be asked to write a 500-word summary of their proposed research topic, how their work will contribute to and move beyond prior scholarship, and how they plan to carry out their research. This will need to be submitted when submitting paper choices by mid-September.

Students will also be asked to nominate a potential supervisor. Centre of Development Studies staff who are available to supervise MPhil dissertations will be indicated in the course Handbook.

Incoming students with questions about the dissertation option should contact the Centre Administrator on