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MRes Dissertation (LAW) LAW5057P

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting 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.



Requirements of Entry

Completion of taught courses.

Excluded Courses



Components of MRes in Law


Dissertation of 15,000 words comprises 100% of the assessment

Main Assessment In: August

Course Aims

To plan and successfully undertake an extended piece of independent research and deliver it on time, well presented;
To present a sustained argument;
To use library and IT resources to an advanced level;

To understand and be able to explain complex arguments relating to legal methodology 
To offer a critical commentary and a personal viewpoint on these arguments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Demonstrate ability to complete a major and worthwhile piece of work under supervision, but largely independently;
Demonstrate ability to write an academic paper which is well organised and clearly communicates content to readers;

Demonstrate the ability to explore questions of legal method in depth;
Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and understanding of a specific area in depth;
Demonstrate the ability to formulate a research plan and to carry this through to completion.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Completion of dissertation 15,000 words