Module details for Honours Project


This modules offers the student with the opportunity to conduct and present a simple research investigation into a sociological topic of their choice.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with: the ability to devise and conduct a piece of independent research, write a 10000 word dissertation and publicly present their research findings.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Devise a research proposal.

2.  Conduct a research study on a criminological or sociological topic.

3.  Demonstrate an in-depth critical knowledge of a chosen criminological or sociological topic.

4.  Discuss and present research findings.

Indicative Content

1 Research Design

Selecting the appropriate method for a specified topic and conducting actual research - with guidance from project supervisor.

2 Reviewing Literature

Collecting evidence within relevant field of research and its application to the field of study.

3 Analysing and Interpreting Data

Collecting, dealing with and understanding data; turning data into words and/or numbers - with guidance from project supervisor.

4 Presenting Findings

Making research findings 'public'; writing-up your project - with guidance from project supervisor.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 0
Tutorial/Seminar 16
Practical Activity 6
Assessment 100
Independent 278
Total 400

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.