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Dissertation Survival Guide: Step Five: Writing Up

Guidance on how to complete your Dissertation/Final Year Project and make the most of Library and IT Services and Resources

Writing up your work

You’ve done your research – now you have to present it! Different disciplines have different expectations for this, so make sure you read your module handbook - this will give you the rules to follow. Your lecturers and Academic Skills tutors can also give you guidance on what is expected. Academic Skills tutors can also help you improve your academic writing style, structure your dissertation appropriate and help you construct arguments.  Remember though they are busy people so book an appointment with them in advance.

What we DON’T have are examples of previous dissertations in the library, so you won’t be able to look at any of these unless your tutors have some that they are willing to show you. 

Choose the right library space to work

You’ll need the right working space to suit you and plenty of time to get on with it, so use the library spaces, but look at other places too. If you need background noise and plenty of caffeine, why not borrow a laptop from us and use a nearby café? If you want some peace and quiet, floor 2 in the Library is a silent floor.  


Academic Phrasebank

Manchester University's Academic Phrasebank is a very useful resource providing examples of phrases that can be used when writing your dissertation.  You can find it at


Academic writing support

In addtion to the Academic Skills Tutors in all the Schools who can help you with your writing structure and style, we also host a Royal Literary Fellow at the University.

Trish Cooke is a freelance writer and can offer online appointments to look at your academic writing. Further information is available here:

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Using Word for your dissertation

Used LinkedIn Learning's online courses on using Word to full its full potential for writing up your dissertation or contact IT Training for 1-2-1 help.