The dissertation provides students with an opportunity to carry out independent research into a topic of their choice related to the aims of the MPA, subject to guidance from the dissertation supervisor. Each student will be required to have a registered dissertation topic and have been allocated a supervisor by the middle of the spring semester. NB. Students are prepared for the dissertation by taking the compulsory MPA module entitled "Policy evaluation and research methods" which includes lectures and classes on research design and methods. Additional methods support may be provided by dissertation supervisors in this module as required.