MRes Criminology

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Research Strategy and Project Management

Course unit fact file
Unit code SOCY60412
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by
Available as a free choice unit? No




The structure and organisation of a dissertation, and the ethical review application

Evaluating what makes a ‘good’ dissertation

Doing a Literature Review

Doing and evaluating a Literature Review

Survey Design and Evaluating Quantitative Research

Evaluating Crime Survey Data

Doing Qualitative Interviews

Designing and conducting a qualitat


  • To develop students' ability to design and implement their dissertation research project.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to develop their research projects through group-based learning and discussion and in so doing, to complement the work undertaken through individual supervision meetings under the dissertation programme.
  • To give students awareness of the role of the literature review in research design and how to plan, organise, and write a literature review in relation to their specific research aims.
  • To provide a practical learning forum for students to consolidate and further develop their academic knowledge about research methods and associated methodological debates that they have studied in other specialist modules.
  • To provide students with opportunities to develop their practical skills in conducting social research such as designing methods, data analysis etc. to assist them with their dissertation projects.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to develop their generic skills in written presentation and in group work.

Learning outcomes

Building on from Research Design 1, by the end of the course students should have:

  • Applied and developed their knowledge of methods and methodology through a focus on preparing their critical literature review for their dissertation and through discussion of their peers’ research design.
  • Produced a critical literature review as a basis for the empirical work for their dissertation.
  • Presented and discussed their research design with a small peer group.
  • Developed their skills and experience in the oral presentation of their work (as well as in written presentation for the assessment).
  • Developed their evaluation skills through the discussion of their peers’ research designs.
  • Developed practical skills in research design and delivery in preparation for their dissertation projects.

Teaching and learning methods

Each week contains a mix lectures and workshops

Assessment methods

Provide a critical literature review based upon your chosen dissertation topic (3000 words +/- 10%)

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Claire Alexander Unit coordinator
Elisa Bellotti Unit coordinator

Additional notes



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