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IR4099 Honours Dissertation in International Relations

SCOTCAT credits:60
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Semester:Whole Year
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Fri

The dissertation will be not more than 12,000 words. Topics must be capable of being supervised by established staff and each student will (a) submit a dissertation outline to the School, (b) be assigned a supervisor, who will be available to discuss issues related to the dissertation, (c) be required to attend nine two-hour research seminars and five supervisory meetings of up to one hour. Eight one-hour tutorials (Guidelines for printing and binding dissertations can be found at:

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Compulsory for Single Honours International Relations.

Optional for Joint Honours International Relations, International Relations and Modern Languages (two languages), Middle East Studies.

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005 and IR2006
UG Anti-requisite(s):Any other Dissertation module

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:10 x 1-hour tutorial sessions, 10 x 2-hour research skills seminars, 5 x 1-hour individual consultation sessions with assigned supervisors. 1 x 1-hour information session in Semester 2 of the Junior Honours Year. Additional consultation hours with supervisor, tutor and the Dissertation Coordinator are also available.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 36
  • Guided independent study: 564

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Literature Review (semester 1) = 15%, Dissertation (semester 2) = 85%
UG Re-assessment:No Re-assessment available


Module coordinator:Dr F Costa Buranelli
Module teaching staff: