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.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.