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.
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.
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.
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.