The School retains a number of undergraduate dissertations each year for learning and teaching purposes.
The School retains a number of undergraduate dissertations each year for use in teaching and learning, and to celebrate the excellent quality of our students' research activities.
These dissertations are available for current undergraduates to view here. They remain anonymous, as they were submitted anonymously.
They are provided as exemplars, for reference only, and should not be downloaded, copied or transmitted in whole or in part, in any format. They should not be copied or provided to any other person.
The School nominates a number of undergraduate dissertations each year for UK-wide prizes. Nominated dissertations are included in this collection.
Further dissertations will be added at the end of each academic year. They are added as PDF files unless otherwise noted.
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MSc Dissertation Library
The online Dissertation Library holds dissertations, work-based placement reports, analytical reports, and other variants on the academic dissertation from all postgraduate degrees in the School, including all taught and research MScs, the MSW and MPP. Only current SSPS Masters students in the School of Social and Political Science are given access to it. Initially, all good dissertations were included in the library. From 2017/2018 onwards, only first class dissertations will be included. Please note that dissertations from any given academic year may not be uploaded before March of the following year.
How to Access the Dissertation Library
Students need to request to join the dissertation library. To do so:
- Click here.
- Log in using EASE username and password.
- Click the 'request access' button.
- Once the request has been accepted, access the dissertations via the link above. Please allow up to 2 days for this to take effect.
- A notification will be sent once the request has been accepted.
All users of the Library are bound by the terms and conditions below.
Terms & Conditions
- The Online Dissertation Library is available to all MSc students currently registered to study at the School of Social and Political Science.
- Copyright of a dissertation is retained by the author and The University of Edinburgh. Ideas contained in a dissertation remain the intellectual property of the author and their supervisors, except stated otherwise.
- Students will be aware of the School guidance on plagiarism. All dissertations have been submitted through the Turnitin plagiarism detection software. Students making use of these dissertations in their own work must reference them as with any other source material. Should plagiarism occur - either intentionally or inadvertently - the usual penalties will be applied.
- Users may download dissertations for their own use only. Downloaded dissertations must not be passed on to anyone else.
- The online Dissertation Library is provided as a service to current Masters students to support them by providing examples of good previous dissertations. Any student found misusing the system will lose access to it and further penalties may be applied.
- Dissertations are anonymous and no information pertaining to final marks, etc, will be provided.
- Current students' good dissertations will automatically be added to the library for the next year's students to see; students wishing to opt out need to complete the Public Availability of Dissertations' form.