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The minor thesis allows students to develop highly specialised expertise in a selected area of law, carrying out independent research to produce a substantial thesis that makes a distinctive contribution to knowledge and the literature in the relevant legal field. Students will develop an advanced understanding of research methods and principles, will be supervised by one of the Law School’s leading academics in their chosen field of research and, at the completion of the minor thesis, will have the satisfaction of having produced a piece or pieces of legal writing worthy of publication in a learned legal journal.
The minor thesis demonstrates a critical application of specialist knowledge and makes an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. The minor thesis should consist of:
- A major article or articles suitable for publication in a learned legal journal of a standard approved by the Law School; or
- Be an empirical study of the operation of particular legal doctrines or legislation; or
- Draft legislation with an appropriate commentary; or
- Any other type of research work approved by the law school.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Be able to demonstrate advanced learning in research skills and mastery of appropriate techniques, such as the use of archival or primary evidence, analysis of data, judgement of conflicting evidence
- Be able to demonstrate specialist knowledge in the area of their research
- Have an advanced and detailed understanding of, and commitment to research ethics and codes of practice.
Last updated: 10 November 2019