Global Economy Dissertation SPS5010P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This dissertation will allow students to explore an area of particular interest, using a combination of primary and secondary research material. Working closely with a supervisor, they will develop the topic, undertake the research and submit a dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words.


No formal classes.

Requirements of Entry



12,000 - 15,000 word dissertation, to be submitted at the end of the programme.

Course Aims

The MSc Dissertation option offers students the opportunity to identify an original research proposal and to conduct independent research on their chosen topic. This allows students to conduct research on a topic under the guidance of a supervisor and will acquaint them with a wide variety of research methods and encourage their use. The aim is to prepare students for further postgraduate research or employment in jobs related to the material covered elsewhere in the programme.
Students will benefit both from the specialised knowledge of staff in areas where they have made a particular research contribution and provide a specialised education in the study of the Global Economy in both its empirical and theoretical aspects.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On successful completion of the dissertation, students will


■ have a specialised and detailed knowledge and understanding of a particular issue relating to the global economy.

■ be able to apply a range of research methodologies and able to apply them in pursuit of a particular topic or question

■ be able to evaluate competing theories and analyse critically the arguments of a range of scholars;

■ have acquired the ability to approach any subject of enquiry in an open-minded, rigorous and undogmatic manner and the skill to construct arguments and express their own views in a logical and lucid fashion

■ an ability to work independently using their own initiative to produce work containing a substantial element of originality

■ be able to identify, gather and interrogate research data from a wide variety of sources.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Generic regulations apply