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Dissertation Survival Guide: Home

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

Our six step guide

Here is a guide compiled by the Library and Students Union to help you get started with your dissertation/final year project. It details six stages which you need to achieve in order to take your dissertation to the next level. Use the links at the top of this page to see each of the steps in turn.

Need help? For support with literature searching, using Summon and other library databases, referencing, and more, please contact the Library. Email with questions, or to book a one-to-one appointment.

For help with academic writing, please contact the Academic Skills Tutor for your School.

Books to support your dissertation research

Online training

Need a bit of help getting started? The Library runs regular online training sessions on literature searching, using Summon, referencing, and more.

Upcoming training topics and dates are as follows. Please click the links to register using the online booking forms:

All sessions will be held online, in Microsoft Teams. If you are unable to attend, slides and recordings will be added to this page after the events have taken place.

These sessions are open to anyone, but will be most helpful to students working on undergraduate or taught postgraduate dissertations. 

If you are a PhD student, please check SkillsForge for training aimed at postgraduate researchers.