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The Law Dissertation (W800)

The law dissertation is the final element of the course. It is designed to support students in developing and completing a research project based on a topic drawn from study of the individual LLM modules. Students learn how to identify a research topic, about the complexities of research, how to conduct a literature review and how to develop research questions. The course will consider the uses and applications of information and data, research methods, deductive and inductive research, how to analyse information to draw valid conclusions and how to write up a research proposal.

Entry requirements

As the final element in the LLM you must have already completed 120 credits towards this qualification in order to register on W800 (or alternatively to have completed 90 credits and be awaiting the results from the fourth and final 30-credit course). The course is taught in English, and spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If English is not your 1st language, we recommend that you seek assessment under the international English language testing system (IELTS).

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Credits from The Open University Distance learning November 2016 - 12 months
Credits from The Open University Distance learning November 2016 - 12 months

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