MRES Dissertation

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
23 April 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MRESL25024 International Relations,
MRESL20624 Political Economy,
MRESL20024 Political Science

Module description

The module is the main dissertation module of the MRes course. It exposes students to different theoretical and empirical approaches of independent research in Political Science. The students will have the opportunity to discuss topics of various fields of Political Science and contemporary politics. To this end, this module offers practical advice to students on how to do their own independent research with a primary focus on their dissertation project.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To teach students to think and write critically about Political Science.

  • To develop the ability to understand and make reasoned arguments using positivist or normative theories.

Module learning outcomes

The objectives of the module are:

1. Introduce students to key concepts and models of Political Science.

2. Introduce students to different types of research in Political Science.

3. Introduce students to their dissertation project.

Module information

This module focuses on an independent research project, the MRes dissertation.

Learning and teaching methods

Support sessions are arranged throughout the academic year and will provide guidance through the dissertation process. Aims and objectives are achieved through a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as lectures and discussions.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Dissertation Supervisor Nomination     
Coursework   Week 24 Timetable     
Coursework   Week 34 Progress Check     
Coursework   MRES Dissertation    100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Tobias Bohmelt, email: tbohmelt@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Tobias Bohmelt
Please contact govpgquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Adrian Florea
University of Glasgow
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Dr Kyriaki Nanou
Durham University
Associate Professor in European politics
Available via Moodle
Of 13 hours, 13 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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