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LAW3320 Long Dissertation

40 creditsClass Size: 650

Module manager: Dr Stuart Goosey; Dr Rebecca Shaw

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Passed level 2 of LLB Law

This module is mutually exclusive with

LAW3035Long Dissertation (Criminal Justice and Criminology)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The objectives of this module are:
- to develop a workable research question; undertake a relevant literature search;
- to plan research and a coherent and logical essay structure;
- to write a substantial essay displaying critical analysis.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
- demonstrate the development of a deeper understanding of a particular legal topic through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing;
- practice research skills, including the skills of accessing and retrieving relevant information, analysing and criticising information and presenting and communicating effectively the product of independent research;
- formulate a focused and workable research question;
- undertake sustained independent research relevant to their research question;
- demonstrate, through the writing of their dissertation, a critical awareness and understanding of the position and role of law within one or more of its social, economic, political, policy, historical, philosophical, moral, ethical or cultural contexts.


The module involves the writing of a dissertation on a selected legal topic. The dissertation must be no more than 10,000 words, plus a 250 word abstract. The abstract must be no more than 250 words. The OSCOLA referencing system must be used. In calculating the length of the dissertation no account shall be taken of footnotes, the title page, the table of contents, the table of cases and statutes, the abstract, necessary appendices and the bibliography. All other material is included in the word count.

Students are required to select a general topic in the September of their final year, after which the course co-ordinator who will allocate the student to a supervisor.

The completed dissertation must be submitted on a date (tbc) in the May of the student's third year.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours391.50
Total Contact hours8.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1 x 10,000 words plus 250 word abstract100.00
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: 05/09/2023


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