Investment Law Dissertation (LLM) LAW5185P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

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 the LLM in International Investment law and Arbitration and achieve satisfactory progress.

Excluded Courses



Students must have completed the taught masters courses to progress to the dissertation stage.


15,000 word dissertation to be submitted at the end of 24 month period of programme

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

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

■ plan and successfully undertake an extended piece of independent research and deliver it on time, well presented;

■ to present a sustained argument;

■ use library and IT resources to an advanced level;

■ understand and be able to explain complex arguments relating to a chosen area of law

■ offer a critical commentary and a personal viewpoint on these arguments.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

See Code of Assessment.