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Unit information: Dissertation in 2023/24

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Unit name Dissertation
Unit code LAWDM1001
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Villiers
Open unit status Not open




School/department University of Bristol Law School
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


LLM candidates are required to submit a 12,000 word dissertation after completing their taught courses. Students select their own topic in discussion with tutors - either building upon something already studied or exploring something new. Supervisors support students in developing their research and writing skills through this process. Research training is provided to students in the summer, shortly after the end of the examination period.

Intended learning outcomes

The dissertation allows students to develop and demonstrate research skills. These are skills associated with finding and selecting legal and non-legal materials. It also allows students to develop and demonstrate other skills with which they are already familiar – skills of analysis, synthesis, critical judgment and evaluation.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a variety of asynchronous and synchronous activities

Assessment Details

A 10,000 to 15,000 word dissertation.


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