Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 11 x 2 hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written evaluation of academic writing (2000 words) Writing exercises: abstract/handout/web page Writing exercises : abstract/hand-out/web page   Written assignment or assignments up to a maximum of 3000 words 
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of any element of failed written work 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the criteria for the awarding of a higher-level degree

Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the process of applying such criteria to the development of a personal research program

Critically understand and evaluative the qualitative dimensions of a research project and in particular the criterion of originality

Critically engage with various modes of argumentation in the context of legal and criminological research work

Locate and evaluate relevant legal and criminological research sources and demonstrate an understanding of their application, deployment and organisation within the context of a research project

Present a critical and well-informed understanding of the methods and techniques involved in the effective development of an original research project in the field of Law and Criminology

Brief description

This module will provide training in the planning, organisation and design of research activity in the legal, socio-legal, criminological and cognate interdisciplinary fields; in appreciating the concept and objectives of a research thesis; and in appreciating the range and forms of relevant literature.


- Introduction to the module, types of research activities, criteria for higher degrees, the concept of the thesis
- Research plan, methods of source citation, designing and writing a Bibliography
- Organisation and management of time
- Strategic Planning and designing of research projects
- Methods of Argumentation
- Categories of literature and research material in the legal, socio-legal and cognate interdisciplinary fields
- Issues of originality and the use of sources for the purposes of academic argument
- Written and oral dissemination, different styles and format
- Reflection on module and feedback on assessment

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not applicable.
Communication Written and oral communication skills are developed through informal seminar discussion and through formal assessment. The ability to communicate ideas in the context of higher level degree research is also a unifying theme within the context of the development of the module teaching as a whole.
Improving own Learning and Performance At various points in the course and in particular as regards the assessment process, learners are encouraged to apply and develop the views, techniques and methods they have encountered in the context of their own work.
Information Technology The module includes separate sessions discussing the role of information technology in conducting higher level research.
Personal Development and Career planning A variety of study sessions are designed to develop both generic and subject specific personal skills in particular in the area of the planning and design of projects, time management and the development of original insights.
Problem solving Problem solving skills are developed in the context of a range of the specific seminar topics and in the context of the course as a whole. At all stages, the emphasis of the course is on the development of a critical awareness of the application of generic research techniques and methods to the specificities of a variety of personal research challenges and problems.
Research skills The module provides a focused and sustained opportunity for researchers to reflect upon and develop the practical skills involved in effective and original research work in the context of a higher level degree.
Subject Specific Skills None.
Team work Team working skills will be encouraged and developed via participation in seminar discussions.


This module is at CQFW Level 7