module specification

SS7P00 - Security Studies Dissertation (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Security Studies Dissertation
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Total study hours 600
570 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 100%   Dissertation 15,000 words
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

The dissertation allows the student to undertake an independent and
 sustained piece of research into a substantive topic of his or her own choosing. The dissertation
must include appropriate extended piece of empirical or theoretical  research on a topic in the security studies field.

Prior learning requirements

GI7069 , SS7088, SS7086

Module aims

The module enables students to investigate in depth a topic within the field of Security Studies. Students can select their own research area, but this is subject to authorisation of
the course leader. The dissertation must include independent and original empirical research.
Students will be required to submit a formal dissertation plan. Once this has been approved, students will be allocated a dissertation tutor, and for the
remainder of the module, supervision of the dissertation will be conducted on an individual basis. It is expected that pertinent knowledge and skills gained in other course modules will be reflected
in the dissertation.


1. Authorisation of formal dissertation plan
2. Methodology workshops (1)
3. Methodology workshops (2)
4. Revision of dissertation plan if necessary

5. Allocation of dissertation supervisor

6. Dissertation workshops as necessary
7. Personal supervision sessions
8. Submission of dissertation

Learning and teaching

There will be initial workshop tie in taught sessions then a one to one session with the subject librarian. After that students will be self directed and guidance/advice will be given in regular one to one tutorial sessions and feedback via email/telephone.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of their chosen research topic

2. Critically evaluate their research findings

3. Be conversant with pertinent theoretical frameworks

4. Have an advanced understanding of research methodology

5. Communicate their research findings in an academic style
6. Present their written work to
appropriate scholarly standards

Assessment strategy

Assessment is on one dissertation document (100% of marks).


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