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Students are required to submit three assessed essays of about 4,000 words. Two essays are chosen from the questions provided with the two strand lectures in the first term. A third essay provides preparation for the thesis and is submitted at the start of Term 2.


The dissertation is worth 55% of the overall mark and is submitted at the end of the third term (normally, early June).

Students can expect to have an appropriate degree of supervision in the initial phase of their research, and will work within the research context of one of the Institute's research groups.

Please note that it is only possible to enter the course in October, and the course ends after the final examination meeting at the end of the following June. Although the dissertation is submitted in the middle of June, students may be required to be present for an oral examination or viva on their dissertation later in the Long Vacation. Students are strongly advised to ensure that they are available for the oral examination.