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  • Objectives
    The MA provides interdisciplinary training through core modules in qualitative and quantitative research methods, philosophy of social sciences, and legal research methods, augmented by optional subjects (including relevant LLM modules) pertinent to your substantive research interests.
  • Entry requirements
    This course is specially designed for students intending to progress to research careers or research degrees in socio-legal studies or criminology.
  • Academic Title
    MA Socio-legal and Criminological Research
  • Course description
    Socio-legal and Criminological Research (MA)
    Duration: 1 year-full time

    Course Content
    You will take 120 credits’ worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.

    Currently, some of the subjects offered in relation to the MA  include:

    Legal Research Methods
    Research Management & Personal Development Skills
    Philosophy Of Social Research
    Quantitative Political Analysis
    In addition, you must choose 30 credits from the LLM Programme modules in consultation with the Programme Director.

    All modules details are subject to change
    Course Structure

    The MA in Socio-Legal and Criminological Research can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year.

    In order to qualify for the MA, you must take 4 full-year options (120 credits in total), or the equivalent number of full and half options in the taught element of the programme. Full options comprise eighteen two-hour seminars, held during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Half-options comprise nine two-hour seminars, held in either the Autumn or Spring Terms.

    All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where an option is relevant to a student’s doctoral research.

    The precise availability of individual options differs from year to year, depending on the availability of staff to teach them, but in a typical session LLM students are able to choose from around a dozen full-year options (30 credits) and up to 50 half-year options (15 credits) over the programmes.  In addition, LLM students may elect to take up to two half-year options in relevant modules offered by the School of Politics as part of its MA in International Relations.

    To qualify for a particular specialist degree, candidates must choose at least three full options (or their equivalent in full and half options) from the list of qualifying options within the relevant specialisation.  Students may choose any full module (or equivalent half modules) within the LLM programme as their fourth, “free” option.

    In addition, the candidate must choose a dissertation topic within the relevant area of specialism.  The dissertation is worth 60 credits and taken over the summer period towards the end of the course for submission in September.

    Assessment for options is by essay, examination or a combination of both.

    Key facts

    This course is recognised by the ESRC for its ‘1+3’ and ‘+3’  postgraduate studentships competitions.
    The School of Law is rated as ‘internationally outstanding’ (Grade 5A on a scale of 1-5) for its research and as ‘Excellent’ for its teaching quality.
    The School enjoys important professional relationships with international institutions; leading firms in the City of London and the provinces; private industry and consultancies; and non-governmental organisations.
    Students at the School of Law have exclusive access to the Baker & McKenzie Computer Room.
    Excellent Law Library has in excess of 60,000 volumes, immediate access to a very wide range of electronic materials and resources and dedicated Law Librarian.

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