Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM013M: MPA Dissertation

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits60 ECTS Value30
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 3 (7 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Andrew Massey (Lecturer)

Professor Oliver James (Lecturer)

Dr Eva Thomann (Lecturer)

Dr Alice Moseley (Lecturer)

Dr Stephen Greasley (Lecturer)

Professor Duncan Russel (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


This module will provide you with an opportunity to conduct independent research-based academic work in the area of Public Administration or in the sub-discipline in which you wish to pursue further research or your career.


Working with an academic supervisor, you will produce an original piece of academic research relating to a subject of your choice. The topic can be related to any aspect of the topics covered in the MPA and your interests and can be an academic and/or policy related piece of work. As one way of doing the dissertation it can address a particular issue or problem that you or your organisation has identified in your place of work. In this way, you will be able to research and write about any new or difficult public sector management issue related to your work environment and produce a dissertation that will include recommendations of practical use to your employer or potential employer.

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