Law LLM Dissertation module (LW50107)

Understand the main rules, aspects, and stages of researching and writing a dissertation

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This module will help you conduct work on a master’s dissertation. This covers choosing a topic, defining a title, and using research assistance tools. It will conclude in writing the dissertation.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • understand the main rules, aspects, and stages of researching and writing the dissertation
  • learn about the rules that apply to the dissertation. You will also learn about the roles of the supervisor and supervisee
  • develop the necessary skills to conduct research and write your dissertation
  • use your background knowledge and organise initial ideas. This will allow you to defining a topic, research question, and hypothesis
  • learn how to use research assistance tools such as Zotero and Endnote
  • understand how to write an outline. You will also learn to manage time and resources to complete your dissertation

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • bring together all skills learned to prepare, research, and write your dissertation
  • produce a professional dissertation using correct referencing guidelines and tools

Assignments / assessment

  • final dissertation (100%)

This is supported by supervision and guidance. This includes the selection of an initial topic and an extended outline on which oral and written feedback is given.

Your dissertation is expected to be relevant to your named degree award.

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • lectures
  • independent study

This module is supported by classes delivered as part of LW50107 Legal Research Skills. There are also 8 hours in the spring semester dedicated to preparing for the dissertation. This includes one session from Library Services staff.



This module is available on following courses: