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Module Title
Law Master Degree Dissertation


SCQF Points60
ECTS Points30
CreatedAugust 2002
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedJuly 2012
Version No.3

Prerequisites for Module

Satisfactory completion of the Pg Certificate and Pg Diploma Stages of the course.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

To provide the student with the opportunity to plan and execute an extended research-based study into an approved topic and to report the findings through a substantial dissertation.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Identify a suitable topic for a research-based dissertation and carry out a comprehensive literature review related to this.
2. Formulate a research proposal for the dissertation and translate this into a feasible plan for its execution and completion within the timescale available.
3. Critically evaluate a range of appropriate research methods, develop suitable tools for the collection of data and use these in a competent and professional manner.
4. Analyse and critically evaluate the results obtained from research.
5. Produce a 15,000 word dissertation on the topic written to professional standards and, if required, orally present and defend the same.

Indicative Module Content

This will be specific to each individual dissertation. Normally will involve: research proposal; literature review; critical analysis of research material; data collection; recommendations.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning
Supervisor meetings or through emails, telephone, and forum contacts/discussions

Directed Study

Student Centred Learning

Private Study

Research, writing, and referencing

Mode of Delivery

The dissertation is prepared under the direction of an academic supervisor. Students will be encouraged to interact with their peers through discussion forums.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Coursework 1,2,3,4,5

Assessment will be based on the 15,000 word Dissertation and if required, oral presentation.

Indicative Bibliography

1.EZEANI, E.C.;2013 Success in Law Studies: The Ten Things You Need To Know, Edinburgh University Press
2.FINK, A., 2010. Conducting research literature reviews: from the internet to paper. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: Sage.
3.FULLERTON K.L.,2007 2nd Ed> Legal research skills for Scots lawyers, Edinburgh: W Green,
4.GLATTHORN, A. and JOYNER, R., 2005. Writing the winning thesis or dissertation: a step by step guide. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
5.HIGGINS E. and TATHAM L., 2010. 2nd Ed. Successful Legal Writing, London:Sweet and Maxwell
6.MCCONVILLE M. and CHUI W.H. 2007 Research Methods For Law,/ Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press ebook
7.SALTER M. and MASON J. 2007 Writing Law Dissertations; An Introduction and Guide to The Conduct of Legal Research.(Harlow:Longman ebook
8.WEBLEY L.,2010 2nd Ed Legal Writing. Abingdon:Routledge-Cavendish, ebook

Additional Notes

The subject specific bibliography will be determined by the dissertation topic.


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