CRI-30046 - Dissertation for Criminology - ISP
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Satisfactory completion of Level 5 of CH or SH Criminology Programme.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This double module runs over both semesters and provides an opportunity for students to work on a substantial piece of independent work of their own choosing in consultation with a supervisor. This generally involves students either conducting a review of the literature on a particular topic that interests them or carrying out a small piece of criminological research (such as interviewing criminal justice professionals, or analysing media coverage). It is intended to provide a 'hands-on' research training that enables the student to 'put into practice' the knowledge obtained in the first and second years.
Dissertations are supervised using a mixture of collective dissertation workshops and individual supervision.
Students considering this option are welcome to speak to any member of Criminology programme staff about their ideas prior to the start of their third year.

The dissertation aims to develop systematically your interests in Criminology on a topic of your choice. It aims to enable you to produce a substantial piece of independent research, carried out under the supervision of a dissertation supervisor.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and concepts underpinning your chosen area of study: 1
Undertake a field- or library-based investigation applying/using available literature/sources to address their research question: 1
Critically reflect on the problems and limitations of their methodological approach and comment on how these their findings and conclusions
: 1
Critically assess the research literature in this area
: 1

Study hours

The module will be comprised of a number of plenary sessions (10 hours)
8 hours contact with supervisors
141 hours of independent research
141 hours assessment preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 100%
Disssertation, 8000 words (not including endnotes/footnotes, bibliography or data appendices
Students are required to produce an 8,000 word dissertation