Dissertation (Criminology) SOCIO5070P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description



June - September

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Other Course Work

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

The MSc dissertation option offers students the opportunity to identify an original research proposal and to conduct independent research on their chosen topic. This allows students to conduct research on a topic under the guidance of a supervisor and will acquaint them with a wide variety of research methods and encourage the use of these various research methods. The aim is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they can integrate the taught and research elements of the course and in the process to develop the skills needed to pursue postgraduate research.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this module students should be able to:


■ identify a topic worthy of criminological inquiry

■ critically analyse and evaluate existing knowledge on that topic, through a review of relevant literature

■ formulate a coherent and answerable set of research questions

■ identify an appropriate research strategy and method, taking due account of any practical, political and ethical issues affecting the conduct of their research

■ collect and analyse primary sources

■ draw appropriate conclusions from their analysis

■ write up a logically structured and properly referenced research report

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not Applicable