Courses Catalogue

Dissertation ( Plan A)

COURSE CODE: UCC 7000
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 8
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, Master
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

In Year One Semester Two, while undertaking a research methodology course, students will be required to identify a topic and develop a research proposal. In the second year they will be required to carry out research that will culminate into a dissertation. This will help them demonstrate their ability to investigate a specific social problem via a substantial piece of independent research work.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
The course strives to enable students to:

  • Identify research gaps in a specific area of International Relations studies
  • Design a research proposal
  • Undertake the research using the appropriate research tools and methods
  • Write a dissertation reporting the findings of the research whilst making actionable policy recommendations.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify a specific research gap in extant International Relations scholarly literature;
  • Design a research project
  • Execute the designed research using appropriate tools and methods
  • Write a dissertation to publishable standards