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LLM Dissertation LAW5054P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Dissertation course consists of independent research guided to a limited extent by a supervisor with some expertise in the student's chosen research topic.


Not applicable

Requirements of Entry

Students must be enrolled on one of the LLM programmes and achieve satisfactory progress.

Excluded Courses



Students must complete the requisite taught masters courses to progress to the dissertation stage.


12,000 word dissertation to be submitted in August (end of year of study)

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

To demonstrate ability to complete a major and worthwhile piece of work under supervision, but largely independently
To demonstrate ability to write an academic paper which is well organised and clearly communicates content to readers
To demonstrate the ability to practically apply legal knowledge gained through coursework to a defined legal area in depth
To demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of a specific area in depth
To demonstrate the ability to formulate a research plan and to carry this through to completion

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Be able to plan and successfully undertake an extended piece of independent research and deliver it on time, well presented;
Be able to present a sustained argument;
Be able to use library and IT resources to an advanced level;
Be able to understand and be able to explain complex arguments relating to a chosen area of law
Be able to offer a critical commentary and a personal viewpoint on these arguments.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  See Code of Assessment