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.


33%: Practical (Workshop)
67%: Seminar


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Written assessment (Dissertation)

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, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.