SOAS University of London

School of Law

MA Dissertation in Law

Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Taught in:
Full Year

The purpose of the Dissertation is to enable students to demonstrate their capacity to carry out a substantial piece of independent academic research on a selected topic.

Students will be assessed on their capacity to;

  • define a topic for examination;
  • articulate a coherent scheme for examining this topic;
  • gather the necessary information;
  • analyse and present this information in a way which satisfactorily assesses the topic which they have set themselves.


  • There must be a member of SOAS staff competent and willing to supervise the topic, and available at the times when supervisions are required.
  • Students cannot expect supervisors to be necessarily available over the summer.


Students are required to attend research and writing skills sessions over the academic year.

Method of assessment

  • Dissertation: 100% (12,000 words due in September)
    Note: different regulations apply to dissertations for LLM students.


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