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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

Welcome to the guide

Here is a guide compiled by the Library and Students Union to help you get started with your dissertation, final year project, or major study.

Use the links at the top of this page to see the various stages you may go through when working on your project. Depending on the nature of your project, some may be more relevant than others.

On each tab, you will find advice, guides, and resources you can use every step of the way.

Books to support your dissertation research

Help and support

Need a bit of help getting started? The Library runs regular online training sessions on literature searching, using Library Search and other databases, referencing, and more. For upcoming topics and dates, as well as recordings of previous events, see the Library Live website. All sessions are held online, in Microsoft Teams. These sessions are open to anyone, but will be most helpful to students working on undergraduate or Masters dissertations. If you are a PhD student, please check SkillsForge for training aimed at postgraduate researchers.

For individual support with literature searching, using library databases, referencing, and more, please contact the Library. Email with questions, or book a one-to-one appointment online.

For help with academic writing, please contact the Academic Skills Tutor for your School. You can also book an appointment for writing coaching with our resident Royal Literary Fellow.