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Undergraduate Dissertation


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Convenor: Dr Olivia Hamlyn
  • Assessment: a 10,000-word dissertation, including footnotes and excluding bibliography and appendices (100%)

Module description

This is a full-year, research-based module in which you attend seminars on research skills and work closely with an individual supervisor in the development of your 10,000-word dissertation. This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to engage in an in-depth research project on a topic of your choice, and provides valuable experience if you wish to pursue further academic study after your degree.

This module is available at the discretion of Birkbeck Law School.

You must first contact a potential supervisor to discuss your project and then submit a 500-word research statement with the name of your proposed supervisor(s) or a list of three potential supervisors to the module convenor before the academic year in which you will be taking the module. Enrolment on the module cannot be confirmed until an academic has agreed to supervise the project.

You have the option to observe (without being assessed) any module in your programme which is relevant to your dissertation. If you wish to pursue this option then you should contact the relevant module tutor in advance.