Criminology Research Proposal (L5101)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module is one of two third year Criminology modules that give you the experience of carrying out a small scale research project, from the initial stages of design to the final stages of presenting your findings. It consolidates and builds upon the knowledge and skills gained from the second year Doing Social Research modules. You will produce a research proposal that demonstrates your ability to design a small research project and to apply relevant methodological issues to your research. You will also gain ethical approval for your research via the University's ethical approval process. You will commence your research during this module with guided supervision and will give a presentation based on your preliminary findings.

You are required to pass both L3078 Doing Social Research: working with quantitative data and L3079 Doing Social Research: working with qualitative data in the second year in order to take this module in the final year. 


20%: Lecture
27%: Practical (Workshop)
53%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Presentation, Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 15 hours of contact time and about 285 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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: