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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.

If you would like to see examples of previous dissertations, your tutors may have made some available to you on Brightspace, or could be able to provide some on request. We do not keep previous dissertations in the library.

Resources for academic writing

Here are a few online resources that can help you improve your academic writing.

Manchester University's Academic Phrasebank: provides examples of words and phrases that can be used when writing your dissertation.

BBC Academic Writing: online tutorials developed by the BBC, to help you identify and use academic language.

Write Like a Scientist: particularly useful for Applied Science or Computing and Engineering students. These video guides will help you develop skills for scientific and technical writing.


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, including Trish's availability and how to book an appointment, is available on the Library's website.

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Using Word for your dissertation

Need a bit of help using Word? Learn how to format your document correctly, including using tables and figures, headings, and contents pages, with our Digital Skills resources.

There are many courses and videos on LinkedIn Learning on using Word to full its full potential for writing up your dissertation. You could also contact Digital Skills for 1-2-1 help.