The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
29 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA NP5312 Advertising, Marketing and the Media,
MA NP5324 Advertising, Marketing and the Media,
MA NP53MO Advertising, Marketing and the Media,
MA M90012 Criminology,
MA M90024 Criminology,
MSC L30812 Criminology and Socio-Legal Research,
MSC L30824 Criminology and Socio-Legal Research,
MA MF9112 Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security,
MA MF9124 Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security,
MSC MF9012 Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security,
MSC MF9024 Organised Crime, Terrorism and Security,
MA L30112 Sociological Research Methods,
MA L30124 Sociological Research Methods,
MA L30012 Sociology,
MA L30024 Sociology,
MA L3N212 Sociology and Management,
MA L3N224 Sociology and Management,
MA L3N2MO Sociology and Management,
MSC L31012 Survey Methods for Social Research,
MSC L31024 Survey Methods for Social Research,
MSC L310MO Survey Methods for Social Research,
MA L31112 Migration Studies,
MA L31124 Migration Studies,
MSC L31112 Migration Studies,
MSC L31124 Migration Studies,
MA L31812 Sociology and Criminology,
MA L31824 Sociology and Criminology

Module description

We hope that international students from different academic backgrounds will also benefit from the opportunity to check out cultural norms associated with writing in this context.

Most supervision will be over the Summer term – maybe around two or three face-to-face sessions.

There may be some supervision over the Summer vacation but this will mostly be by email.

Students cannot expect a full reading of a final draft.

Students can expect comments on an outline structure of the dissertation and an indication of the contents of each chapter.

Module aims

The aim of these workshops is to ensure that all students have a basic shared understanding of departmental expectations of their writing at Masters level, and how these differ from expectations of undergraduate writing.

Module learning outcomes

The dissertation is a key element of your Masters work and an important preparation for any subsequent research you may do. It is essential to start thinking about a possible topic relatively early in the academic year, although you will concentrate on the work from the end of the Spring term.

Module information

The workshops will introduce the Department Style Guide, and provide an opportunity to look at a range of good assignments and academic writing styles.

Learning and teaching methods

There will usually be about four workshops to guide students in preparing their dissertations. There will be a meeting during Week 17 to discuss the requirements for the dissertation and the selection of research topics and supervisors. Please refer to your personal timetable for further details. An MA Dissertation Day is held in Week 21, where students have the opportunity to share and present their research proposals. All full-time and part-time students will be required to make a twenty minute presentation on their proposed dissertation research as part of the Graduate Dissertation Day.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Dissertation    100% 

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anna Sergi, email:
Anna Sergi
Michele Hall, Graduate Administrator, Telephone 01206 873051, Email:



External examiner

Prof Paul Stretesky
The University of Northumbria at Newcastle
Professor of Criminology
Dr Umut Erel
Open University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 12 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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