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LAW5956M Dissertation (Law and Finance)

45 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Josh Warburton

Taught: 1 Oct to 30 Sep (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22


LAW5661MPostgraduate Legal Research Skills

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS5018MResearch Methods in Finance
LUBS5059MAccounting and Finance Dissertation

Module replaces

LAW5955M Dissertation (Law and Finance)

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module aims to instil and to exercise advanced research, writing and presentational skills. It also aims to develop the capacity to plan a significant research project and to allow students to pursue an in-depth study of a topic in law.

The dissertation is a substantial piece of work (10,000 words) and this module contributes 45 credits to the overall assessed degree mark in MSc in Law and Finance. At the very least dissertations should serve to explain a subject-area and thereby, to synthesize known sources. At their best, they are original pieces of work that contribute to understanding of a subject and are of publishable quality.

Learning outcomes
- The ability to plan and execute a major project demonstrating independence and initiative;
- the development of and testing of advanced research skills;
- the delivery of a substantial written piece of work, thus developing and testing written skills;
- in depth knowledge of law in chosen area of study in financial law for dissertation and detailed understanding of range of critical viewpoints and literature.

Skills outcomes
- The capacity and willingness to undertake wider reading across academic boundaries
- Organisation and planning
- Independent study
- Writing development and research analysis


Each student chooses a proposal topic within financial law which is discussed for approval by the Director of the MSc Law and Finance. Students will then draft an overall outline of the proposed research including an indicative bibliography, and a chapter outline or other evidence of work in progress. This will be followed by the creation of a dissertation plan which includes a description of each chapter and by the submission of one completed chapter. Thereafter, students complete a 10,000 word dissertation.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Private study hours450.00
Total Contact hours0.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)450.00

Private study

The School is committed to providing an excellent student education and experience. This will involve a variety of teaching methods and follow a blended learning model, including meaningful on-campus in-person teaching for all students. Further information regarding teaching delivery will follow.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The dissertation will be supervised by contact with the student through regular meetings agreed between the supervisor and student.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation8,000 - 10,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/09/2021 11:37:37


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