Law

Dissertation

Module code: M3013
Level 6
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Dissertation

The Dissertation module involves you researching and writing a 10,000 word dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Having chosen your research topic in consultation with a supervisor, you work under the guidance of your supervisors for the duration of the academic year.

The teaching component of the module takes place during the first teaching block only and is seminar-based. The seminars are designed to equip you with the research skills required to complete your dissertations.

The topics covered include:

  • research methodology
  • writing up
  • advanced word processing
  • researching online

You submit a 2,000 word research proposal to your supervisors during the first term and receive feedback on this. You also present your research proposals to the tutor and the other students at one of the seminars towards the end of the first term.

The module seeks to develop, among other things, the skills of independent research and learning; good time management; the ability to reflect upon progress; and an appreciation of the value of constructive criticism.

 

 

 

Module learning outcomes

  • Identify a research topic, and design and compose a viable research proposal for a 8,000 word dissertation.
  • Undertake basic independent research using library and electronic resources, as appropriate.
  • Plan, structure and successfully write up a 8,000 word dissertation on a chosen subject.