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Masters Research Project (Department of Criminology)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor and tutor: Amy Kirby
  • Assessment: a 1000-word research project proposal (10%) and an 8000-word project (90%)

Module description

This module provides you with a structured opportunity to complete a research project on a topic of interest to you or which is relevant to your future objectives and plans. You will be guided through the process of choosing an appropriate topic, building a research project proposal for submission, developing the skills and knowledge required to carry out a project of this size and scope, engaging with the supervision process and completing the research project for submission. Topics will be agreed with the Module Convenor/Programme Director in the autumn term, and in the spring term you will engage with a supervisor and produce a thesis using and building upon the academic skills you have developed during the programme.

Learning objectives

On completion of the project, you will have:

  • demonstrated a deep and nuanced understanding of a specific topic within the field of criminology
  • demonstrated a critical understanding of key theoretical and applied literatures pertinent to your topic
  • illustrated academic planning, writing, critical reading and discussion skills
  • produced a well-structured and substantiated piece of writing of a minimum of 8000 words
  • demonstrated a capacity for self-directed study and critical reflection
  • demonstrated confidence in the subject-specific, intellectual and practical learning outcomes personally achieved.