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Dissertation LA3200

This module provides an opportunity to undertake in-depth legal / sociolegal research for a 10,000-word dissertation.

You design your own research question on a topic contained in the LLB which you have not previously or concurrently studied in depth.

This module requires you to take a high degree of responsibility for the learning process.

Topics covered

  • Research for the dissertation may be on a topic in a previously or concurrently studied law module area not otherwise treated in depth in the normal course of studies.

Learning outcomes

If you complete the module successfully you should be able to:

  • Identify a research topic and write a research proposal
  • Explain the methodological basis employed in their research
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the techniques of data acquisition and analysis
  • Plan, structure and write a 10,000 word dissertation on a chosen subject
  • Identify and employ a broad range of primary and secondary sources relevant to their topic area
  • Assess the arguments of primary source materials against relevant secondary studies
  • Critically evaluate different interpretations
  • Synthesise relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to the topic
  • Construct conclusions in a clear, logically structured, analytical and independently argued piece of work
  • Plan and manage their own learning.


The dissertation option will be examined by:

  • An electronic submission of a 10,000 word dissertation
  • Students may be asked to participate in a viva (oral examination) where marks are borderline or where there are concerns about academic misconduct.