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Mini-Dissertations

Research is core to the Faculty's Masters-level and PhD programmes. 

LLM and MPhil programmes with coursework and dissertation require a submisision of not more than 25,000 words. Although an original contribution to knowledge is always desirable in a minor dissertation/research paper, it is not an essential requirement. However, candidates must show that they have:

  1. a thorough knowledge of the chosen subject 
  2. mastered techniques required for competent research in law;
  3. the capacity for independent thought and sound reasoning;
  4. satisfactorily presented the results of research.

The School for Advanced Legal Studies has developed guidelines for Masters-level minor dissertations and research papers - read these guidelines thoroughly before embarking on your research to understanding details of:

  • What is Expected of a Minor Dissertation/Research Paper?
  • Finding a Supervisor
  • Expectations and Responsibilities of Students and Supervisors
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Publication and Copyright
  • Plagiarism
  • Research Ethics
  • Language policy
  • Postgraduate Writing Centre
  • Guidelines on the Format of the Minor Dissertations/Research Paper
  • Guidelines on Language and Style
  • Submission and Examination Process
  • Important Contacts in the Law Faculty

We have also included here a copy of the Student Guide on Plagiarism, along with a handy Plagiarism Checklist.

All students registered for a dissertation component must complete the Memorandum of Understanding at the point of registration (or submit to clare.richfield@uct.ac.za). Returning students are required to complete the Annual Supplement to the Memorandum of Understanding at the point of registration each academic year.