IR7014 - International Relations Postgraduate Dissertation

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn to apply your research skills to a major piece of independent research and investigation. The dissertation will have a series of taught workshops focussing on dissertation skills, and methods teaching for those without prior knowledge of social sciences methods.

How will I learn on this module?

The dissertation is an independent piece of research that you will conduct in close consultation with your supervisor. Students without prior knowledge of methods, will attend assessed classes.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will receive ongoing formative feedback throughout the module, and you will be able to access your module tutor for consultation and feedback during dedicated office hours. Extensive feedback is also provided in response to summative assessment.

Teaching is technology-enhanced, which means that you will have access to all learning materials through the electronic learning platform and electronic reading list.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

1. Demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan, execute and write up a substantial, individual piece of research of 12,000 words in total.

2. Demonstrate skilled ability in the consideration and application of relevant theories, methodology and ethical issues in relation to a piece of research.

3. Produce robust, independent, coherent and substantial, advanced academic arguments in relation to specific issues and questions in international relations, conflict and security.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

4. Demonstrate advanced transferable skills in time management, project management, resource management, critical thought, independent working, flexible working, dissemination and communication.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate an ability to engage in critical thinking and reflection about the research process and specific ethical and cultural issues in international relations, conflict and security.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will be provided throughout the module as you will have the opportunity to present your work to your supervisor.

Summative assessment is by dissertation, worth 80% of the overall mark, and applied methods assessment, worth 20% of the overall mark.





Module abstract

The dissertation is the culmination of your taught experience and will enable you to deploy the skills developed during the taught programme. In this module you will demonstrate advanced, independent critical thinking skills about the research process and a specific, substantial topic of your choice. In doing so you will develop robust, coherent and substantiated, advanced academic arguments in an identifiable area of enquiry. In formulating, research, and writing your dissertation you will be guided by your dissertation supervisor.

Course info

Credits 60

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years Part Time
2 other options available

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024

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