We expect you to have an idea of a topic or an area you would like to research for your dissertation. You should briefly identify it on your personal statement. However, we also expect that your dissertation idea will change and evolve throughout the programme, so do not worry about the specifics of your dissertation and dissertation supervisors at the time of application.
This depends on a number of factors, including whether you have a scholarship and whether you are a Partner-country or Programme-country student. In most cases, we expect students on tracks C and G to return to Glasgow for their fourth semester and to complete the dissertation there.
There may be slight variations and flexibility depending on your study track, but 15th January of your second year of study is the established deadline for notification of your dissertation topic.
The primary supervisor takes the lead and will be your first and closest advisor. They will usually be located in the university at which you spend your third and (if applicable) fourth semesters. The second and third supervisors will play smaller roles. We have this structure to maintain cross-university input and to ensure that you receive a range of advice and guidance. Where your supervisors are based will depend on which pathway you are on, please check our website for more information.
We try to match your interests with particular expertise as much as possible. This is not always possible, of course, but all supervisors are able to provide the required level of support and guidance to a broad range of topics.