Sociology

Criminology Dissertation

Module code: 604L5
Level 7 (Masters)
60 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop
Assessment modes: Dissertation, Report

Students on the MA Criminology will design and conduct a research project in the area of criminology.

You will be assigned a dedicated dissertation supervisor who will help to guide you from inception to delivery of the dissertation. The dissertation topic will be discussed and agreed upon by your supervisor.

During the dissertation, you will be encouraged to critically employ qualitative and/or quantitative research methods to address some relevant theoretical or empirical questions/issues within the field of criminology.

This will build upon the (also proposed) ‘Criminological Research Methods’ module within the MA Criminology. You will engage in regular personal meetings with their particular supervisor, which will take place across all three terms.

There will also be 3 ‘dissertation workshops’ run by the teaching team. The topics of the workshops will cover writing the proposal, research ethics and risk procedures and data analysis.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critically review and evaluate relevant literature and other related scholarly outputs.
  • Understand and critically apply appropriate methods and techniques to design and conduct a postgraduate research project
  • Apply, develop or compose relevant theoretical framework(s) in order to answer some relevant research questions in the area of criminology.
  • Conceive, plan and execute an original research project in the area of criminology
  • Ensure that all research is carried out in an ethical and professional manner
  • Present the critical elements of their research project to an audience consisting of other academics.