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This module consists of research on a topic derived from the field of your specialisation.
The theme of the dissertation is chosen during the second year, in discussion with ESPS tutors and course teachers.
The research for the dissertation is carried out during your third year abroad, in the country or countries of the major language(s) you are studying, utilising foreign sources.
In your final year at UCL, you will finish writing up and submit a 6,500 - 8,000 word report on this research, which is assessed as one of the four units for the final year.
The dissertation draws together knowledge acquired in your humanities or social science specialisation and in the literature and culture of the country you are studying, as well as utilising linguistic skills developed during the year abroad.
A successful dissertation may well form the starting point for further, more independent work at postgraduate level, and it will be seen as an important indicator of an aptitude for research.
It is essential that you develop a specific research topic and an outline early on in your second year, convince your supervisor of the viability of your dissertation, and secure your supervisor's formal agreement by the end of the second term of your second year.
Please note that ESPS members of staff will only be able to supervise two dissertations per year.
The dissertations of former students are stored in the ESPS Library and can be helpful in conceiving and structuring current students' own research.
For those interested in developing a particular aspect of their research at the end of their degree, an opportunity exists for publication of selected articles based on the dissertations, in the ESPS annual journal European Social and Political Research.