Module code: CR3008

Module co-ordinator: Dr Sarah Hodgkinson

During the dissertation module, which runs over both semesters of Year 3, you will research a criminological topic of your choice and produce from this a 10,000 word piece of coursework. This gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area in which you have a particular interest, whilst also developing your research skills.

Support and guidance will be provided in the form of a dissertation supervisor, who will run one-on-one meetings and group tutorials, as well as a range of accompanying general support materials including lectures and online tutorials. For many students this self-directed and highly specialised piece of work is the highlight of their degree.

There is considerable flexibility in terms of topics you can cover, and the type of dissertation you can do. For example, you may choose to do an empirical piece of research collecting your own data from members of the public, or even from practitioners in your chosen field of interest. You could re-analyse existing data sets that are publicly available, or you may prefer to do a library-based piece of work such as an analytic extended literature review.

Whatever form your dissertation takes, you will have the opportunity to really engage in-depth, over a long period of time, with a topic area of your own choice.


There are no lectures or seminars associated with this module. Teaching takes the form of individual tutorials with dissertation supervisors and self-directed learning. The dissertation therefore requires high levels of self-motivation and self-direction. 


  • Completed dissertation, 10,000 words (100%)