POL6707 Work Based Learning Dissertation

The work based learning dissertation offers students the opportunity to collaborate with an outside organisation (e.g. an pressure group, voluntary organisations, charities, think-tanks, business, political parties, local bureaucrats) to undertake a piece of independent research specific to that organisation’s needs which is also submitted as an assessed piece of academic work. It aims to give students a broader experience of engaging in independent research and to integrate real experience of the world of politics into their degree programmes. It is worth stressing that the work based learning dissertation does not necessarily require the student to undertake a placement, series of placements, or internship with the collaborative organisation. The nature of the collaboration between the student and the organisation and the level of support that is required will differ for each project.

Please note that there is an application process which takes place in Semester One that students are required to undergo before being admitted to this module.

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Prospective MA students who have been accepted onto their degree programme and are interested in doing a WBLD should start thinking about a potential research project alongside which external organisation they would like to work with preferably before the course begins.

If you want to talk through your ideas concerning a WBLD then please contact Dr. Matthew Bishop:

Email : m.bishop@sheffield.ac.uk

Or telephone Matthew Bishop on:
+44 (0)114 222 1677


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