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The law dissertation from 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. 

About

You will learn how to identify a research topic, about the complexities of research, how to conduct a literature review and how to develop research questions. The law dissertation module from The Open University UK will consider the uses and applications of information and data, research methods, deductive and inductive research, how to analyse information to draw valid conclusions and how to write up a research proposal.

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. The module is particularly useful preparation for environments in which research is a significant part of the work, and for any profession that requires numerate and skilled researchers who have experience of a wide range of methods.

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 Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

You will learn how to:

  • develop your knowledge of recent research in your chosen research topic
  • become competent in research methods appropriate to your research topic
  • develop the capacity to plan, organise, manage and carry out an extended independent study at masters level
  • develop skills in the written communication of research work at masters level
  • define a clear purpose for your research; an interesting or novel set of questions to guide it; an appropriate set of methods; and justification for the choice of research topic, questions and methods
  • be confident about the process of managing, drafting and redrafting large amounts of material and editing long documents
  • pace your workload and activities over a lengthy period, keep to a schedule and be flexible enough to make alterations to it when problems occur

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

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Academic 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. If English is not your first language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3840 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3840 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Funding

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