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Aims of a dissertation project

Doing a dissertation is your chance to produce a well-argued and substantial piece of writing about research which examines current professional or academic issues. The process of doing a dissertation project will help you develop an understanding of research methodologies, and acquire competent research skills.

When you have finished your dissertation you should be able to:

  • Identify and analyse a significant research issue or problem.
  • Present a coherent review of previous research.
  • Select appropriate research methods.
  • Collect and manipulate data.
  • Demonstrate independence of thought and judgement.

These are all highly regarded skills.