These final year projects achieved a mark of a high first:
Please read about the annotations (PDF) to help you make the most of the two examples.
What does the word ‘debate’ imply? A discussion involving different points of view or sets of ideas. A dissertation will therefore not only examine a subject but will review different points of view about that subject.
Here’s another definition that underlines some more important characteristics of a dissertation: “a substantial paper that is typically based on original research and that gives evidence of the candidate’s mastery both of her own subject and of scholarly method.”
OATD.org aims to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world. Metadata (information about the theses) comes from over 1100 colleges, universities, and research institutions. OATD currently indexes 5,153,410 theses and dissertations.
You may also want to consult these sites to search for other theses:
Readers are given guidelines to help them assess the kind of researcher they are and the all important question of how to chose a research project is answered. The book is easy to read and covers:
- An explanation of what lies behind the requirements that need to be met by a research proposal
- What readers should expect from their supervisors and what the researched organisation might expect from readers
- Support for the confused and anxious student.