Whilst you will pick up more marks for carrying out a dissertation with greater originality and independent thought, this counts for little if your results cannot be trusted. Focusing on research quality is so important to a good mark in all approaches to Route C: Extension because of the changes that you make to the research strategy of the main journal article - whether some aspect of the research design, research methods and measures, or sampling strategy - any of which can significantly affect the quality of your findings. Implementing a thoughtful approach towards research quality means that you have carefully considered and incorporated all aspects of research quality into your research strategy (i.e., internal validity, external validity, reliability and construct validity). By doing this, you demonstrate not only the ability to produce a dissertation with greater originality and independent thought, but also the ability to effectively carry out such a dissertation in the field. This makes the Research Quality section of Chapter Three: Research Strategy particularly important in your write up.
1. The HY458 dissertation in International History is mandatory for the LSE–Columbia University Double Degree in International World History. It is the single most important component of the Double Degree. The dissertation requires students to pursue sustained research in an area of particular interest to them, and it is the sole paper in which a narrow fail mark cannot be compensated by good marks elsewhere. Coming to terms with the dissertation process is therefore imperative.
Not every chapter, or every section of every chapter, is going to land you lots of nice marks, especially the particularly nice marks that are needed for a top grade. Some sections are fillers - necessary, but expected for a standard mark - whilst others give you the chance to show why your dissertation is significant, worthy of a higher mark. In Route #1: Replication-based dissertations, where these different sections are will depend on (a) the route you adopted (i.e., Route A: Duplication, Route B: Generalisation or Route C: Extension) and (b) your specific dissertation focus. Therefore, in the sections that follow, we explain what you should consider based on whether you adopted , or :
5. Dissertations not submitted by the set deadline (or extended deadline as appropriate) will be subject to the following penalties: five marks out of 100 will be deducted for coursework submitted within the 24-hours of the deadline and a further five marks will be deducted for each subsequent 24-hour period (working days only) until the coursework is submitted.
7. Dissertations must include a bibliography of all consulted sources at the end, listing first primary sources (by collection and folders, not referring to individual documents), then secondary sources. Dissertations that do not provide a bibliography are subject to penalties. Failure to include a bibliography will result in the deduction of 5 marks out of 100. For further guidance on bibliographic formats see the guidance documents on the HY458 Moodle site.