Law Dissertation Autumn Option - LAWS6110

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Maria Drakopoulou checkmark-circle


The module is taken over one term. Students will attend a small number of lectures, introducing the trajectory of a research project, the use of library resources, primary and secondary material, use of citations and constructing a bibliography etc. The main experience of the module is found in the supervision process between supervisor and student, who between themselves decide on the specific plan for the research programme.


Contact hours

This module will be taught by means of lectures, supervision sessions and private study
Total study hours: 150
Contact hours: 7
Private study hours: 143


All Law programmes.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

The module will be assessed by 100% project as follows:
A dissertation, 6000-8000 words (100%)

Reassessment methods

The module will be reassessed by a reassessment instrument of a dissertation for 100%.

Indicative reading

Bell, J, Doing your Research Project: A guide for first-time researchers 6th Ed, (Open University Press, Maidenhead 2014)
Cottrell, S, The Study Skills Handbook (Palgrave Study Skills) 4th Ed, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)
Crème, P & Lee, M, Writing at University 3rd Ed, (Open University Press, Maidenhead 2008)
Denscombe, M, The Good Research Guide: For Small Scale Research Projects 5th Ed, (Open University Press, Maidenhead 2014)
Denscombe, M, Research Proposals: A Practical Guide, (Open University Press, Maidenhead 2012)
Girden, E, Evaluating Research Articles from Start to Finish 3rd Ed, (Sage, London 2010)
May, T, Social Research: Issues, Methods and Research 4th Ed, (Open University Press, Maidenhead 2011)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Explain and justify the significance of their research
2. Be familiar with the literature relevant to their research
3. Be familiar with the theories, concepts and methods relevant to their research
4. Examine and critically evaluate legal issues within a social and critical context as evidenced by and within their dissertation projects, and
be able to support the evaluation with evidence and reasoning
5. Conduct research independently by drawing on feedback from academic supervisors, by exercising reflection and self-criticism, and by
managing time and resources effectively
6. Communicate the findings of their research effectively and fluently in an extended piece of writing (a 6-8,000 word dissertation).

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Be familiar with the research process – from formulating meaningful and feasible research questions, through undertaking research using
appropriate literature (whether primary or secondary)
2. Undertake analysis of complex areas of knowledge and make carefully constructed arguments
3. Have independent learning ability required for further study or professional work


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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