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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

By completing this module, you will 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.