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Guidance on the Dissertation Process

The first place to check is always your course information for any specific requirements. 

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The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) have compiled advice and resources to support you throughout your research-based dissertation or project. 

IAD Study Hub - Dissertations and research projects


Business School Postgraduates and Staff

Business School postgraduates and staff also have access to additional specialist resources and previous dissertations through BizInfo.

Finding Resources

Top 5 tips if you’re stuck with your dissertation literature search

Are you stuck with the literature search for your dissertation or final year project? Not finding as much on your topic as you hoped? Here are 5 suggestions to help you move forward.

5 tips if you are stuck with your dissertation literature search

Finance Students

You may find that your project or dissertation involves finance sources which are available via the Business School directly, rather than the University Library.

Datastream and Eikon are legacy products and the closest replacement is Refinitiv Workspace but you may find the data you need is available in S&P Capital IQ. Capital IQ can be accessed via DiscoverEd, Refinitiv Workspace is limited to Business School staff and students. 

Finance Lab- Alternative arrangements are available for Bloomberg. These are restricted to Business School staff and students. To request access please contact including details of the data you need.

Suggested texts

The Institute for Academic Development (IAD) have compiled a resource list on study skills, including general study skills, academic writing, critical thinking, literature reviews, and dissertation and project writing.

IAD - Study Skills Guides resource list

SAGE Research Methods

A good starting point for information on research methods is SAGE Research Methods. 

It contains content on the steps involved in a research project, including a full range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods for the social and behavioural sciences, as well as many methods commonly used in the hard sciences.

Topics: Key concepts in research, Philosophy of research, Research ethics, Planning research, Research design, Data collection, Data quality and data management, Qualitative data analysis, Quantitative data analysis,  Writing and disseminating research.

SAGE Research Methods also includes a project planner designed to guide you through a research project.

More information is available at Sage Research Methods