A dissertation is a subject you chose for yourself. The first usage of the word in the English language in 1651 also gives a useful starting definition: “an extended written treatment of a 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.”
The Table of Contents (TOC) is an organized listing of the chapters and major sections of your document. Readers will immediately be able to see how your manuscript is organized and then skip down to sections that are most relevant to them. A clear, concise, and well formatted TOC is the first indicator of a good research paper.
To save yourself some time in making your Table of Contents, be sure that you use font styles.
The module requirements for research projects may have changed since these examples were written. Refer to your module guidelines to make sure that you address all of the current assessment criteria.
These final year projects achieved a mark of a high first:
Advanced research and scholarship. Theses and dissertations, free to find, free to use.
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All UCI graduate students that select the paper based option, submit their completed theses and dissertations to Special Collections and Archives. Students are responsible for submitting a manuscript that adheres to our manual. Degree candidates should carefully review all instructions and guidance on this website well in advance of the relevant submission deadline.
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