MRES Dissertation

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
17 February 2022


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MRESL25024 International Relations,
MRESL20624 Political Economy,
MRESL20024 Political Science

Module description

The module 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.

At the same time, this module will offer practical advice to students on how to do their own independent research with a primary focus on their dissertation project.

Module aims

The main aim of this module is to teach students to think and write critically about Political Science. The students will develop the ability to understand and make reasoned arguments using positivist or normative theories. These aims and objectives are achieved through a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as lectures and discussions.

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

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is an independent research project. Support sessions will be arranged throughout the academic year and will provide guidance through the dissertation process. In addition to the `live` events above, there are also many pre-recorded resources available to help you with the dissertation. Some of these are more general; others focus on specific and popular topic areas. All are available via the module’s Moodle page. 1. Start thinking about your dissertation (Zorzeta Bakaki) 2. An introduction to academic writing (Robert Kemp) 3. What do people think about politics today? (Roi Zur) 4. Let`s talk about civil wars (Sara Polo) 5. Party politics (Filip Kostelka) 6. Developing a theoretical argument (David Axelsen ) 7. Large-N studies in political science; data management (Ryan Bakker) 8. Small-N studies in political science (Rabia Malik) 9. Terrorism and Political Violence (Brian Phillips) 10. Experimental research in political science (Julia Park) 11. Dissertation research design (Zorzeta Bakaki) 12. Academic writing and referencing (Hersh Mann) 13. Library use for dissertation (Sandy McMillen)


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  26/01/2024   
Coursework   Week 24 Timetable  15/03/2024   
Coursework   Week 34 Progress Check  26/04/2024   
Coursework   MRES Dissertation  30/08/2024  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.
Module Supervisor Professor Rob Johns rajohn@essex.ac.uk or Module Administrator Jamie Seakens (govpgquery@essex.ac.uk)



External examiner

Dr Damien Bol
King's College London
Senior Lecturer
Dr Adrian Florea
University of Glasgow
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Available via Moodle
Of 5 hours, 5 (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), module, or event type.


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