Not available in 2020/21
Dissertation (BSc Criminology)

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Professor Tim Newburn


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Criminology. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Course content

A dissertation of no more than 8,000 words on a topic to be approved by the candidate's Academic Advisor. It is designed to allow a detailed and thorough exploration of an area of interest to the student. The dissertation should be on a topic area within the field of the degree programme; it may involve original fieldwork, or the analysis and appraisal of existing literature.


1 hour of workshops in the MT. 1 hour of workshops in the LT. 1 hour of workshops in the ST.

Students will be allocated an Academic Mentor who will supervise their dissertation.

Formative coursework

Students taking this course are required to agree their dissertation title with their Academic Mentor and submit it to the Programme Team no later than tthe end of Week 10 of Michaelmas Term.

Indicative reading

Students will be expected to draw extensively from the reading they have undertaken throughout their programme of study.

There are a number of general readings that they might consult:

Caulfield, L. (2014) Criminological Research for Beginners, London: Routledge

Gadd, D., Karstedt, S. and Messner, S. (2011) The Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods, London: Sage

Wincup, E. (2017) Criminological Research: Introducing qualitative methods, London: Sage


Dissertation (100%, 8000 words) in the ST.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills