What is a dissertation?

Final-year students are often required to complete a large piece of work for their degree or professional qualification. This is usually known as a dissertation, final-year project or major independent study. A dissertation normally covers a specific topic chosen through discussion with a dissertation supervisor allocated from your course team. You will usually write several thousand words for your dissertation, and the work will take many months.

You can find general information on dissertations on the University's Skills for Learning web pages. Also see Can I get help with writing my dissertation? for more specific guidance.

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