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The Library: Dissertations

What is a dissertation?

Final year students are required to complete a large piece of work for their degree or professional qualification. For undergraduates this is known as a dissertation, final year project or major independent study. Postgraduates will normally complete a thesis.

These pages will tell you how the Library can support you in writing your dissertation, as well as finding past dissertations.

Support for dissertations and projects

Independent study

 Additional support

  •  Skills for Learning support English as an Additional Language for students. One-to-one support with this and other skills like finding information, academic writing, referencing and IT can be booked through our Get Help form.
  • The Skills for Learning website has a topic page for each key study skills area. Online workshops are open to all and bookable through MyHub. You can request recordings of previous workshops from
  • Study Cafes run regularly for focused, supported study time and drop-ins are also available for quick study skills queries: see MyHub.

Ask us about dissertations - try searching our frequently asked questions


Help with referencing

Leeds Beckett's Quote, Unquote guide provides information on the Harvard referencing system, including how to reference a variety of different formats and media.

For more information, visit Quote, Unquote.