Single Honours students undertake a Dissertation and four specialist units. Joint Honours students may choose to undertake a Dissertation in Politics, plus one specialist unit. Joint Honours students may also choose not to take a Dissertation at all (replacing this with two specialist units) or to take a Dissertation in their second subject instead and three specialist units in Politics and International Relations.
The Dissertation is an independent piece of work in which, with appropriate supervision, you prepare your own piece of sociological research in an area that interests you. Planning for your Dissertation begins at the end of the second year, when you select a topic and are assigned a supervisor. In addition to individual supervision sessions, there will be a programme of lectures and workshops throughout the year designed to support you through the process.
Students studying Politics with a Modern Language spend their third year abroad. Their final year follows the pattern above.