LAW40290 Dissertation

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module prepares students to independently research a graduate level dissertation in Law and/or Criminology. Students are introduced to various legal and criminological research approaches and methodologies. Training in legal research skills (such as academic honesty, locating materials in the virtual library and compiling bibliographies) is provided.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the successful completion of this module students will have learned how to i) formulate a viable research question that they seek to answer, ii) independently execute a major piece of advanced legal research written in the form of a dissertation, iii) articulate a visual expression of their work in a poster, iv) write a detailed and concise proposal, and v) self evaluate their written work in line with the principles of autonomous 'deep' learning.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Approaches to teaching and learning on this module will include active/task-based learning; lectures; and critical writing; 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Final dissertation. 12,000-15,000 words Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Research proposal. 1000 words Week 6 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Submission of a chapter outline and attendance at the first meeting with advisor Week 4 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Research proposal feedback will be given individually to students orally/written by individual members of staff before the end of the spring semester, Feedback on dissertations will be given individually to students by the release date of the individual results for this module.

Name Role
Dr Ramat Abudu Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Gavin Barrett Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Colette Barry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sara Benedí Lahuerta Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Oonagh Breen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eoin Carolan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Mark Coen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Kevin Costello Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Cathryn Costello Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sarah Fulham-Mcquillan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Deirdre Healy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Niamh Howlin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Emer Hunt Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Brian Hutchinson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Jonathan Ilan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Cliona Kelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Anthony Kennelly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Suzanne Kingston Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Mary Catherine Lucey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Imelda Maher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr James McDermott Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Joe McGrath Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Noel McGrath Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Tj McIntyre Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Thomas Mohr Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Amrei Muller Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Katie Nolan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Máire Ní Shúilleabháin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr John O'Dowd Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Marie-Luce Paris Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Laurent Pech Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Dagmar Schiek Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Amy Strecker Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Aisling Swaine Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Liam Thornton Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Paul Ward Lecturer / Co-Lecturer