Coursework is examined through a combination of formal examination and continuous assessment which includes a variety of formative (e.g. practice-based activities) and summative assessments (e.g. essays, journals).
Having achieved a pass mark (40%) in all the required module assessments, students may proceed to writing a dissertation. It is also necessary to obtain a pass mark in the dissertation to successfully complete the MSc programme.
Students who achieve a mark of at least 70% in the dissertation and a mark of at least 70% in the overall final aggregated average mark for the course may be awarded a distinction. A distinction cannot be awarded if a student has failed any credit during the course.
Students who are unable to proceed to the dissertation or who fail to achieve a satisfactory mark for the dissertation element may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Comparative Social Change which is available only as an exit award from the MSc course.