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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5041M Dissertation Criminal Law/Criminal Justice

60 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Sean Butcher

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

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

In this module, you are required to write a dissertation on a criminal justice, criminal law and/or criminology topic of your choice. In addition to demonstrating advanced knowledge of your chosen subject matter, you will also be required to establish and execute an appropriate research approach, utilising either library-based or empirical methods.


This module provides a foundation upon which students are able to demonstrate advanced knowledge of a specific criminal justice, criminal law and/or criminology topic. Drawing upon learning from both previous substantive and research methods modules, students are required to develop and execute an achievable dissertation aim, supported by an appropriate research design/approach and methodology.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. Sustained and meaningful engagement with a variety of source materials relevant to their chosen topic;
2. A detailed knowledge of contemporary theories, policies and practice in relation to their chosen topic;
3. Distinguish appropriate (library-based/empirical) research methods and skills and the ability to apply these where required;
4. Higher-level critical and analytical skills in respect of their chosen topic; evidencing an ability to draw informed and evidence-based conclusions.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. To design and undertake a programme of research
2. To search for and synthesise a range of source materials relevant to their chosen topic
3. To think critically and engage in analysis of relevant criminal justice, criminal law and/or criminological perspectives
4. To utilise effective writing skills appropriate for an academic audience
5. To develop a proactive, self-directed approach to learning, including private study; and supported by effective preparation for supervision meetings.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours596.50
Total Contact hours3.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progression is monitored through the submission of draft work and attendance at meetings.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00


Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 27/03/2024


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