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Centre of Development Studies


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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 in advance of the start of term.

Students will be asked to write a 500-word summary of their proposed research topic and how they plan to research it. This will be submitted to the MPhil Director in advance of Induction Day.

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. Students may also suggest supervisors from elsewhere in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, but dissertations will ordinarily be supervised by Centre of Development Studies teaching staff.

If incoming student have questions about the dissertation option, they should contact the MPhil Administrator (Dawn Bradley