module specification

SS7P81 - Criminology Dissertation (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Criminology Dissertation
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 60
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 600
570 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
30 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Dissertation 100%   Dissertation 15,000 words
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Summer studies North Friday Morning
Year North Friday Morning

Module summary

The module enables students to investigate in depth a topic within the field of criminology and
criminal justice. Students can select their own research area, but this is subject to authorization of
the course leader. The dissertation must include independent and original empirical research.
Students will be required to submit a formal dissertation plan by the beginning of the Spring
Once this has been approved, students will be allocated a dissertation tutor, and for the
remainder of the module, supervision of the dissertation will be conducted on an individual basis.
It is expected that pertinent knowledge and skills gained in other course modules will be reflected
in the dissertation.


1. Authorisation of formal dissertation plan LO1
2. Revision of dissertation plan if necessary LO2
3. Allocation of dissertation supervisor LO3 
4. Dissertation workshops as necessary LO4
5. Personal supervision sessions LO5
6. Submission of dissertation LO6

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

There will be initial workshop tie in taught sessions then a one to one session with the subject librarian. After that students will be self directed and guidance/advice will be given in regular one to one tutorial sessions and feedback via email/telephone.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of their chosen research topic

2. Critically evaluate their research findings

3. Be conversant with pertinent criminological theoretical frameworks

4. Have an advanced understanding of research methodology

5. Communicate their research findings in an academic style
6. Present their written work to
appropriate scholarly standards

Assessment strategy

Assessment is on one dissertation document (100% of marks).


Identify core and additional reading
Liaise with Library Services to confirm availability of on-line licenses in academic year

Where possible, the most current version of reading materials is used during the delivery of this module.  Comprehensive reading lists are provided to students in their handbooks.  Reading Lists will be updated annually.

Davies, P. (Editor), Francis P. (Editor), Jupp V. (Editor) (2010)‘Doing Criminological Research‘ London : Sage
King R.D. and Wincup E. (2000) (eds) ‘Doing Research on Crime and Justice’, Oxford University Press

Noaks L and Wincup E (2004), 'Criminological research: understanding qualitative methods', London: Sage

Rudestam, KE and Newton RR (2001), 'Surviving your dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process', California: Thousand Oaks

Silverman D. (1999), 'Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook', London: Sage

Silverman D. (2001), 'Interpreting Qualitative Data', London: Sage

Silverman D. (ed) (2004) 'Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice' (2nd ed.) London: Sage

Swetnam, D (2004), 'Writing your dissertation: how to plan, prepare and present successful work', Oxford: How to Books
Wincup, E. (2004) Criminological Research: Understanding Qualitative Methods London: Sage