Postgraduate Course: Dissertation (LAWS11324)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||An independent piece of research and analysis of up to 10,000 words on an agreed topic within the field.
The dissertation is an extended piece of scholarship in which a student is expected to formulate and sustain a substantive piece of research and is expected to engage critically and analytically with the literature in the field, building upon relevant concepts and theories covered in the taught element of the programme.
Each student is allocated a research supervisor in the second semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One piece of work of up to 10,000 and full guidance on what is included in the word count will be provided
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- The ability to undertake a sustained piece of supervised but independent work in the relevant field, displaying a mix (appropriate to the selected research topic and question) of research skills, analytic skills, theoretical understanding and substantive knowledge
- A comprehensive grasp of the relevant literature and an ability to engage in critical analysis at a high level
- Ability to employ relevant legal, scientific and social science concepts and theories and methods in formulating a thesis
- Ability to manage the conduct, presentation and timing of an independent research project, employing appropriate analytical comparative and bibliographic skills.
- Competence in advanced legal research, analysis and reasoning
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Andrew Lang
Tel: (0131) 650 2921
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002