The Law Dissertation at The Open University UK is the final element of our Master of Laws (LLM). It is designed to support you in developing and completing a research project based on a topic drawn from your study of the individual LLM modules. 
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Overview

You'll learn about the complexities of research, how to conduct a literature review, the range of research methods that exist, how to develop research questions and how to evaluate any ethical implications. The Law Dissertation module at The Open University UK  also covers the writing up process including structuring your dissertation. Throughout you'll consider sources of information and how information is critically analysed and evaluated to draw valid conclusions. 

Vocational relevance

There is growing professional and commercial demand for highly qualified graduates who have a range of transferable skills. In particular skills gained from postgraduate legal study are highly valued for their relevance and application. This module is particularly useful preparation for environments in which research and the ability to develop persuasive arguments form a significant part of the work, and for any profession that requires skilled graduates who have a demonstrable ability in developing and managing an independent research project.

Universities are keen to admit doctoral research students who have completed most of their research training, finding them better prepared to begin and better able to complete their theses in the required time. This module provides some of that training in research methods and skills for advanced students.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module builds on the work undertaken in your previous LLM modules and equips you to undertake a significant piece of independent legal research. You'll learn how to:

  • conduct a literature review
  • select the appropriate research methods and define a clear purpose for your research
  • plan, organise, manage and carry out an extended independent research project
  • develop skills in the written communication of research suitable for masters level
  • write clearly and imaginatively, and with a sense of authority
  • create a persuasive argument drawing on analysis of a range of primary and secondary materials
  • consider any ethical implications of the research and how to manage these
  • use an appropriate referencing system with consistency and accuracy.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • As the final element in the LLM you must have already completed 120 credits towards this qualification in order to register on W800 (or alternatively to have completed 90 credits and be awaiting the results from the fourth and final 30-credit module).
  • The module is taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study.

Funding

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