Signpost dissertation support for your Masters' students
28 May 2019
Share UCL resources and support for postgraduate taught students writing their dissertations
A dissertation is a great opportunity to for students to bring together all the knowledge and skills of analysis and critical thinking they’ve been developing over their time at UCL.
A strong dissertation could be the springboard for a doctoral study, and it will be an important indicator of your students' aptitude for research. If they're not thinking of further postgraduate study, this in-depth exploration of their chosen subject could be a great topic of conversation at job interviews and help them to follow a specialist pathway in their career.
Here are seven ways students can kick start their dissertations:
- speak to their teaching team to find out what resources and activities their department offers to support them through their dissertation.
- check out the study skills pages on the Current Students website – is a series of online modules, from project and time management to structuring the argument.
- contact subject Liaison and Site librarians in UCL Library Services offer face-to-face training and can point students to a very rich range of resources. In some departments, training sessions are organised for students as part of teaching: where this is not the case, students are welcome to contact their subject liaison or site librarian (see ) to arrange a session (either individual or group sessions for students on the same programme). They also give support and training on using reference management softwares – Endnote and Mendeley.
- access UCL Library Services range of guides for independent learning (see ). From here they can also access self-guided training materials on other areas such as searching for resources.
- access academic writing support: UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE) is offering 30 minute one-to-one academic writing tutorials; there's or the Students' Union for non-native English speaking students. The is a general online resource for academic writers and is a free online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates.
- get one-to-one help from UCL Digital Skills Development team or take one of their IT-related courses.
- ) with their UCL ID and access free online video tutorials, ranging from research design,to digital tools that support long-form writing projects, to statistical software for running quantitative tests.