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IR4099   Honours Dissertation in International Relations

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: Semester 1: 1.00pm - 3.00pm Fri Semester 2: 1.00pm - 3.00pm 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:

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Anti-requisite(s): In taking this module you must not take or have taken 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.

Scheduled learning hours: 36

Guided independent study hours: 564

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Question Statement = 5%, Literature Review (semester 1) = 15%, Dissertation (semester 2) = 80%

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available


Module coordinator: Dr F P Lehr

Intended learning outcomes

  • undertake independent research utilising appropriate scholarly resources and additional data sources;
  • apply concepts, theories, and methods used in the study of International Relations to a subject matter of their choice;
  • further develop their capacity to think critically and evaluate different interpretations of global political events and issues;
  • further refine their experience with producing detailed, engaging, and compelling academic writing, in a longer format that undertaken previously;
  • develop and utilise time-management techniques, demonstrating self-direction and motivation over an extended period;
  • reflect on and take responsibility for their own learning.