Criminology Dissertation (604L5)

60 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring and summer teaching

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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 600 hours of work. This breaks down into about 4 hours of contact time and about 596 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.