Criminal Justice Policy - Long Essay

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof William Newburn OLD.2.40A


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Criminal Justice Policy. This course is not available as an outside option.

Those taking the course part-time must submit the dissertation in their second year.

Course content

The objective is to write an original dissertation on an approved topic in the field. The selection of the topic is a matter primarily for the student, though the approval of the supervisor is needed for topic registration.


The designated supervisor should discuss the selection of the topic and its title with the student, advise about preliminary reading, methods and broad analytical approach; and comment on the draft version. At their discretion, supervisors may give additional advice and comments.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words) in September.

The dissertation must be submitted to the Course Administrator on or before 1 September (or if this falls on a weekend, the first weekday after 1 September). Dissertations should be no more than 10,000 words in length, excluding notes and appendices and should be typed. Formal titles should be registered with the Course Director in early December.

Student performance results

(2012/13 - 2014/15 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 13.8
Merit 67.5
Pass 18.8
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2015/16: 20

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills