POL6903 - MAPPM Dissertation

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
Two semesters
This course falls under the academic regulation for dissertation-type courses (AR12.6).
Normal duration of the course: 2 semesters (either Semester B + Summer Term for full-time students or Semester A + Semester B for part time students).
Maximum extension duration of the course: 3 semesters. After which no further extension is permitted.
To be eligible to undertake a Dissertation, part-time students will normally be required to:
  1. have gained at the end of their first year of study a CGPA of 3.2; and
  2. submit a formal Dissertation Proposal towards the end of their first semester B of at least 2,000 words in which they set out:
    a. their proposed topic;
    b. their aims and objectives;
    c. their proposed methods and their rationale for the study;
    d. their rationale should also include a short literature review that helps to locate their study in a wider theoretical and, if appropriate, applied literature.
Students studying in full-time mode may apply to undertake a Dissertation, but must submit a formal Dissertation Proposal of 2,000 words by the Week 8 of its first Semester A which will be subject to the approval of the Course Leader.
Exclusive Courses:
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2019/20, Semester B 2019/20, Summer 2020

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to enhance students' ability to carry out independent research and to develop expertise in a chosen subject area. Through their work on the dissertation students should be able to demonstrate initiative and intellectual achievement in their application of the theory and techniques provided by the course as well as their abilities to discuss critically the chosen subject matter and the principles being applied. Where appropriate, the dissertation also aims to enable students to enhance their professional development and to make a research-based contribution to the understanding of important issues within their own organizations.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
Detailed Course Information


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