The law school requires theses to be presented in a particular manner as regards the front pages and content and referencing. The latest guide is attached below.
Go to ResearchSpace to see past theses from UKZN students and a copy of the SALJ referencing style guide is attached below.
1. General research methodology, methods and design books are located in the main libraries at 001.42... and 300.7...
2. Books on legal research, postgraduate work: 340.7...
3. Books on academic and thesis writing and referencing: 808.06634 (mainly found in the main libraries).
Some useful books:
McConville. Research methods for law. Pmb: L 340.072 MACC; Dbn: 340.072 RES
Morris. Getting a PhD in law. Pmb law library: 340.71141 MOR
Mouton. How to succeed in your master's and doctoral studies : a South African guide and
resource book: 808.02 MOU (Pmb main library; Durban law library)
Salter. Writing law dissertations. 808.06634 SAL (Pmb and Durban law libraries)
Watkins & Burton. Research methods in law. Pmb & Dbn: 340.072 RES
There are several online publications available that will be helpful with the fundamentals of what is research, methodologies, qualitative vs quantitative; doing a literature review etc:
Sage Research Methods Online NO LONGER AVAILABLE
Research Methods Knowledge Base
How to research by Blaxter, Hughes and Tight (2001 - McGrawHill). This book deals with the basics of what is research, getting started, methods, reading/literature review, data collection and analysis, writing up etc.
This module is compulsory for coursework masters students and all of you are registered on Moodle. All materials are available there. If you are not in the Moodle group please contact Dr Shannon Bosch at Boschs@ukzn.ac.za.
Undertake a preliminary literature review and draw up a research proposal for your supervisor. Check whether ethical clearance is needed
The ethical clearance form must be done online via the RIG system. All postgraduates are automatically registered on RIG: https://rig.ukzn.ac.za.
All resources for the research methodology module for postgraduate studies are available on a Moodle site.