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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5780M Dissertation

60 creditsClass Size: 352

Module manager: Josh Warburton

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

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The Dissertation is an opportunity to demonstrate their capacity for long, independent research projects. Students will demonstrate advanced research, writing, and presentation skills.


To allow students to pursue an in-depth study of a topic in law. To instil and to exercise advanced research, writing and presentational skills. The dissertation is a substantial piece of work and contributes 60 credits to the overall assessed degree mark in the postgraduate taught degrees within the School of Law. Any description of a dissertation must remain fluid because of the great scope and range that dissertations can take. At the very least they should serve to explain a subject-area and thereby to synthesise 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
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
- 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

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources
2. Develop academic skills to enable you to source, understand and apply your discipline
3. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence based arguments
4. Be skilled in organisation and effective planning, being equipped to manage competing demands and manage time successfully
5. Understand the varying research processes and be able to undertake your own independent research


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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours597.00
Total Contact hours3.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will have meetings with their personal supervisors for the project, where they will have the opportunity to submit work and have detailed feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 04/04/2024


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