Module Catalogue 2024/25

LAW3098 : Dissertation in Law

LAW3098 : Dissertation in Law

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christine Beuermann
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 20.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



(1) To undertake research on a specific legal, socio-legal or legally related topic working largely alone, and to present in a structured, written form the results of that research. The research may be of an empirical or library based nature, or be a combination of each.

(2) To develop the student's interest in areas of and approaches to legal study which may not be covered in taught courses.

(3) To be assessed on the basis of skills different from those required for a traditional examination.

(4) To demonstrate organisational and planning skills together with initiative.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module is a research module and as such does not contain involved teaching of a prescribed syllabus content, other than an introduction to legal research and legal methodologies at the beginning of the module.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Specific to approved title

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject Specific Skills

(1) Ability to write with care and precision in the analysis and synthesis of the law.

(2) Ability to structure argument and analysis.

(3) Ability to identify issues for research and to retrieve accurate and relevant legal and other sources in primary and secondary form, both in paper and digital formats.

Cognitive Skills

(1) Analysis. Identifying and ordering issues by relevance and importance

(2) Synthesis of materials from diverse sources.

(3) Critical judgement. Discernment between the merits or otherwise of particular arguments.

(4) Evaluation. Making a reasoned choice between competing solutions or arguments.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00In person lectures on substantive class content (FLEX – could be moved to synchronous online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1388:00388:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00In person one-to-one supervision (FLEX – could be moved online)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Dissertations require, in various measure, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and criticism of the work of others. The format of the dissertation is fully compatible with achieving the subject specific and cognitive skills as outlined above. The rationale for this teaching method is to promote analytical, argumentative and critical skills. The learning methods will rely on directed independent study which will bring together the knowledge, cognitive, research and the assessed key skills.

6 initial lectures are provided on research methods in order to facilitate the significant amount of independent study required on the module, and which is supported by 6 supervisory sessions.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Dissertation2M10012000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation assesses the ability to produce an extended piece of written research in the chosen area.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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