Criminal Justice Policy - Long Essay

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Coretta Phillips OLDM2.27


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

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 15.6
Merit 62.3
Pass 19.5
Fail 2.6

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: 29

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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