A dissertation (also known as an independent study) is a long document (usually around 10,000 words or longer at postgraduate level – depending on your course), where you will conduct a study, based on empirical research or library-based research which is focused upon a topic or hypothesis of your choice. Your study will present your analysis and findings and overall conclusions, with a focus on self-directed study. This form of assessment is normally undertaken in your final year of undergraduate study and at postgraduate level.
You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will provide support and guidance on research methodology, structure and help you develop and frame your ideas, whilst also suggest sources of information and provide feedback on drafts.
Although support and guidance are available, dissertations involve independent learning and you will be expected to manage your own workload to meet the deadline.