What is this topic about?

Many of Arden’s programmes require you to write a dissertation – this is an extended essay of original work which allows you the freedom to focus on any area of your subject and serves as the centrepiece of your studies. This is a huge undertaking and gives you the opportunity to conduct your own research and investigate issues that are important to you. You will be assigned a dissertation tutor who will advise you on the specifics of your thesis, and our resources will help you decide on a topic and guide your research.

Dissertation Research Tool Kit Mini Module
Open Module
Intro to Research and Purpose of Dissertation
Forming a Topic and Writing Objectives
Literature Review


What is a Dissertation?

What is a Dissertation will introduce you to the purpose and potential of an extended research project, as well as addressing key questions: ‘How do I find a topic? What academic skills are necessary for writing a dissertation? What can I write about? What is a literature review?’. Students often feel overwhelmed at the start of their dissertation project and this session is designed to give you the confidence to start researching a topic your passionate about.

Identifying a Research Topic

The Identifying a Research Topic workshop is for if you are starting to think about your final year research project. Dissertations are an essential part of your degree; it is your chance to work independently on something that you are passionate about. The workshop will help you generate ideas for research topics, assess whether the topic could realistically be carried out and get you started on the first stages of researching your topic.

How to Format Your Dissertation

Depending on your assignment you may be required to create a presentation as part of your studies. This interactive workshop will take you through the basics of using Microsoft PowerPoint within your work and will provide you with hints and tips for making the most out of the software. If you are new to using the software or need to brush up on your skills then this session is for you.

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography

How to Write an Annotated Bibliography will equip you with the understanding, and necessary evaluative and analytical frameworks for writing a meaningful annotated bibliography. It will also help you to develop reflective thinking techniques in order to resituate your work within your broader research/subject.