Theses and dissertations
The library holds a large number of Bristol theses and dissertations, including many PhD and doctoral theses. Read our advice about how to locate theses from other institutions, both in the UK and internationally .
University of Bristol theses and dissertations
To find a University of Bristol thesis:
- If the thesis is held in the Research Reserve, it can be requested using the 'reserve a copy' button.
- If the thesis is held in the Research Reserve, use the online request form to request it.
- See below for details of how to access theses held in our other library sites.
- Recently submitted theses may be listed on Explore Bristol Research though information about these is regularly added to Library Search.
Arts and Social Sciences
The collection includes theses from Arts Faculty, Social Sciences and Law Faculty, Physics, Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Geographical Sciences, Agricultural Science and the School for Policy Studies.
MA, MSc, MPhil and MLitts do not have to be deposited with the library under the Regulations, so our collections of these are incomplete.
How to consult a thesis
- Arts and Social Sciences theses are now held in the Library's Research Reserve. See 'to find a University of Bristol thesis' section above for details of how to request.
- We will notify you when the thesis arrives at the library.
- Thesis loans are for use in the Arts and Social Sciences Library only.
School of Chemistry PhD, MSc and DSc theses from 1910 to date.
Thesis loans are for use in the Chemistry Library only, though postgraduates with seats may keep a thesis at their desk. You may ask if a particular thesis can be kept behind the Issue desk if you will be using it repeatedly for a period of time. Other theses are kept in a Library Staff room and are not available during the evenings.
School of Education EdD, PhD, MPhil, and a selection of Masters theses. Many theses written before 2005 are located in the Research Reserve.
- The MSc and Masters theses are located in the Quiet Study Area;
- The MPhil, PhD and EdDs are located in Research Reserve. See 'to find a University of Bristol thesis' section above for details of how to request.
The thesis collection from the Medical Library has been relocated to the library's Research Reserve. The collection includes: PhD, MD, MSc, ChM and DSc theses of staff and postgraduate students of the Health Sciences Faculty, from 1910 to date.
A card catalogue in the Medical Library contains details of the earlier theses, or you may check the Card Catalogue Online .
- See 'to find a University of Bristol thesis' section above for details of how to request.
- We will notify you when the thesis arrives at the library;
- Theses are for use in the Medical Library only and you will be asked to sign a register.
School of Physics PhD, MSc and DSc theses from 1950 to date, with a few earlier ones. BSc and MSci projects are also held.
A card catalogue in the Physics Library contains details of the earlier ones.
- Ask at the Issue Desk to borrow a thesis, quoting author, year and category;
- Theses may be borrowed by staff and postgraduates as standard loans;
- Undergraduates may use theses in the library only;
- BSc and MSci projects may be borrowed by undergraduates: for the standard loan period.
Queens (Engineering, Mathematics, Computer science)
Engineering and Mathematics PhD theses are held in the Research Reserve, including Computer Science theses before the Department transferred to the Faculty of Engineering. See 'to find a University of Bristol thesis' section above for details of how to request these.
A card catalogue, on the right beyond the Issue desk, contains details of pre-1978 theses.
- It can take 2-3 working days for a thesis to arrive and you will be notified when they are available;
- PhD theses may not be borrowed by undergraduates; taught postgraduates or external members but may be consulted in the library.
- Some early Engineering MSc projects (1914-1950) are available from the Research Reserve - please contact your Subject Librarian
- Individual and group projects from 2015/16 - 2019/20 academic years for Civil and Mechanical Engineering are available on the open shelves in the Gallery.
- Early projects from 1920 to 1949 have been moved to Special Collections in the Arts and Social Sciences Library
MSc Meat Science theses from 1979 to date and a small number of PhD theses. The majority of veterinary sciences PhD theses are housed in the Research Reserve. See 'to find a University of Bristol thesis' section above for details of how to request.
Theses are shelved in the Computer Room and are for use in the library only.
Wills Memorial (Law, Earth Sciences)
Collections of both Law and Earth Sciences theses.
Theses are confined to the library; please ask at the information desk if you wish to borrow one.
UK and international theses
Information about many UK and international theses can be found via Library Search . If the thesis you are interested in is not available online, you can use our inter-Library Loan service . Non-UK theses can be difficult to obtain: in some countries, universities are working together to make full text electronic collections available:
- Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS) - a service provided by the British Library
- DART - Europe e-theses Portal
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
- PQDT Open - open access dissertations and theses
- PQDT Global - a collection of dissertations and theses from around the world
Submit a thesis
Advice on how to submit a thesis for a higher degree can be found on the Presenting and submitting your dissertation for examination page. Information on how to submit a thesis to the library can be found on the Library's own Thesis Guidance pages.
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Thesis & Dissertation Title Page | Free Templates & Examples
Published on May 19, 2022 by Tegan George . Revised on July 18, 2023.
The title page (or cover page) of your thesis , dissertation , or research paper should contain all the key information about your document. It usually includes:
- Dissertation or thesis title
- The type of document (e.g., dissertation, research paper)
- The department and institution
- The degree program (e.g., Master of Arts)
- The date of submission
It sometimes also includes your dissertation topic or field of study, your student number, your supervisor’s name, and your university’s logo.
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Your department will usually tell you exactly what should be included on your title page and how it should be formatted. Be sure to check whether there are specific guidelines for margins, spacing, and font size.
Title pages for APA and MLA style
The format of your title page can also depend on the citation style you’re using. There may be guidelines in regards to alignment, page numbering, and mandatory elements.
- MLA guidelines for formatting the title page
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The title page of your thesis or dissertation should include your name, department, institution, degree program, and submission date.
Usually, no title page is needed in an MLA paper . A header is generally included at the top of the first page instead. The exceptions are when:
- Your instructor requires one, or
- Your paper is a group project
In those cases, you should use a title page instead of a header, listing the same information but on a separate page.
The title page of your thesis or dissertation goes first, before all other content or lists that you may choose to include.
In most styles, the title page is used purely to provide information and doesn’t include any images. Ask your supervisor if you are allowed to include an image on the title page before doing so. If you do decide to include one, make sure to check whether you need permission from the creator of the image.
Include a note directly beneath the image acknowledging where it comes from, beginning with the word “ Note .” (italicized and followed by a period). Include a citation and copyright attribution . Don’t title, number, or label the image as a figure , since it doesn’t appear in your main text.
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UWE Bristol defines “coursework” as a piece of work that you would normally complete outside of the classroom. The following are all types of coursework (so the information on this page applies to them):
- pieces of group work
- laboratory reports
- oral presentations
- research reports
- final projects
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Assessment content limit
An assessment content limit gives you a clear indication of the maximum number of words you can use in an assessed piece of written work. You can find information on the maximum word count limit for all your assessments in the module handbook. View the Assessment Content Limits Policy.
The deadline for the submission of all assessed work is normally 14:00, on a date specified at the start of each module.
You are expected to plan your workload to avoid being impacted upon by a minor illness or other cause. However, there is normally a late submission window of 48 hours following the original hand-in deadline during which you can submit your assignment without penalty if you experience a problem meaning that you cannot meet the deadline.
An assignment cannot be submitted after the late submission window has ended. Failure to submit the assignment within the late submission window will result in a non-submission being recorded.
In some circumstances a late submission window will not be available for an assignment, please see assessment support options for further details.
If you are unable to meet the original hand-in deadline you do not need to provide a reason or evidence indicating why you need to use the late submission window.
See marks and feedback for further information.
If you're unable to meet a deadline or have a problem with an assessment
UWE Bristol provides a range of support processes to help students who are encountering situations which impact on their ability to submit work or to attend assessments.
How to submit
When submitting your coursework online, this will normally be through either the Blackboard or Pebble Pad, these are virtual learning environment platforms that have been designed and created for digital accessibility. View the guidance for using Blackboard .
To submit coursework via Blackboard:
- Log in, click the three lines icon in the top left hand corner of the screen and select the Coursework tab. You can submit your coursework by clicking on the link.
- you may submit to the coursework as many times as you wish, but only the last submission you make will be assessed.
- If your last submission is after the deadline but within the 48-hour late submission window , this submission will be the one marked and not any earlier versions.
- The date and time of your submission is taken from the Blackboard server and is recorded when your submission is complete, not when you click submit. With this in mind, make sure you leave plenty of time to allow your work to upload.
If your coursework is not received by the deadline, or within the late submission window , you will see a non-submission (ns) on your record.
What happens if I can’t submit my work due to a critical systems failure?
The following actions will only be considered in cases where there is a malfunction that means students can’t access critical systems (defined as Blackboard, MYUWE and UWE Bristol networks) for more than five minutes in the final two hours before submission.
If there is a temporary loss of access to online coursework submission caused by a critical systems failure, the University may decide to take the following action:
- all deadlines for work submitted online will be extended by an additional 24 hours
- all deadlines for assessments that are not submitted online will be extended by an additional 24 hours (due to the potential for losing access to Blackboard materials)
- all deadlines where students have already been given an extension under Reasonable Adjustments will be extended by an additional 24 hours
- if the extension falls on a Saturday or a public holiday then it will last until 14:00 on the next working day.
This response has been created to ensure that students are not negatively impacted, in the case of a critical systems failure.
Students will be advised of the extended deadlines via messages on Blackboard, MYUWE, the information screens and posters around the Coursework Hub. Make sure you also check the University’s and The Students’ Union social media accounts for updates in the event of a critical systems failure.
Please note that this process does not cover interruptions to:
- other UWE Bristol services
- residency networks
- equipment and services not supplied by UWE Bristol (for example students' domestic network access or personal computers).
Interruptions or system failures limited to student computer labs are not covered.
The responsibility to submit on time remains with students.
What to do if you notice a problem
- If you are unable to submit or have experienced an issue, please call the IT Service Desk on +44 (0)117 32 83612 as soon as possible before the submission point closes.
- If you have noticed a mistake with your submission after the coursework submission point has closed (after the late submission window), please contact an Information Point to review potential options that might be available.
Submission of hard copies
It is anticipated that the majority of your assessments will be submitted online. However, where there is a professional body requirement for coursework to be submitted as a hard copy, this is usually done via submission boxes located at your campus:
- Frenchay Campus : the submission boxes are located at the Coursework Hub, Level 1 of A Block (underpass area)
- Bower Ashton Campus : students should go to the C block corridor (or will be given alternative instructions where appropriate)
- Glenside Campus : the submission boxes are located in A block behind the Information Point.
Some items of coursework (for example, posters or dissertations) are not submitted via a submission box, your lecturer will be able to tell you more about this and the arrangements for submitting your work, during your module.
In the event of adverse weather conditions and University closure, hard copy coursework should be submitted by 14:00 on the next day that the University is open.
Balancing your assessment load
The benefits to submitting your assignment for the first deadline can be significant.
Module assessment deadlines are usually during or just after the run of the module and have been designed to take place at the ideal time for your learning.
You are encouraged to submit to the first deadline as it gives you the opportunity to:
- apply knowledge when it is fresh
- spread your assessment across the year
- receive feedback on drafts and ideas
- act on feedback from staff and peers during the module
- receive module specific support from your module and programme leader while undertaking the assignment
- utilise an uncapped re-sit later in the year if you fail the first try.
There may be times when you are experiencing difficult personal circumstances or have multiple deadlines within a short time. We strongly recommend speaking to a Student Support Advisor about your options and support available to you.
Find out more about the risks and consequences of uncapped resits.
Resits and retake information
Submitting your coursework
You should receive specific instructions either online or in your module handbook on how you submit coursework at the start of each individual module.
Some modules may require you to submit your coursework online. If this is the case, you will receive detailed instructions at the start of your module.
Information about your coursework and submission methods is also given in the MYUWE Learning tab. You can also view the guidance for using Blackboard .
Please note that you may not submit coursework by email.
Module leaders are responsible for providing you with details of resit coursework on Blackboard.
If you have not received details of your coursework within 14 days of the publication of your results, you must contact your Student and Programme Support team immediately.
Reasonable adjustment for a resit deadline
For a resit, a reasonable adjustment to the deadline will give an additional five days from the original deadline. This does not include assessments contributing to the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship, which are eligible for a three-day reasonable adjustment.
What are assessment offences?
Please see the assessment offences policy for more information on what constitutes an assessment offence, and the processes and penalties applied.
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Angelica’s dissertation experience.
by Angelica Mutiara, Student Content Coordinator
Preparing for a dissertation is a daunting and challenging task, it can be very intimidating and leave you feeling helpless. As a third year myself, I have been working on my dissertation for a little over two months now and I know exactly how it feels not knowing what to do and doubting yourself. However, I am very grateful that at UWE Bristol we are allocated a supervisor that specialises in the area of our proposed research. For instance, I am currently doing research on a public relations subject and my assigned supervisor is a public relations lecturer.
Firstly, the process of picking a dissertation topic can be quite tough. I found myself having lots of ideas but was puzzled when it came to refining them. This is when my supervisor came into play, we brainstormed ideas together of what particular subject I’m interested in and she helped me to narrow down my options. Once I was confident enough with my topic selection, I had to submit a proposal, and she then provided me with very thorough feedback on how I could improve. She challenged me to think critically about my topic and encouraged me to consider alternative perspectives and approaches. Not only that, but she also complimented how interesting my topic was! It was a huge confidence booster.
As I began to dive deeper into my research, I had more and more questions. Fortunately, my supervisor and I have regular one-on-one meetings and she always reminds me I can always get in touch with her via email, whilst reiterating ‘no question is a silly question’. I sent her an email every time I was confused about something and she was always very generous in sharing her knowledge and helping me out. Sometimes, she even sends me an email about particular things that might help with my project without even being asked. For example, the other day I received an email from her suggesting that I should watch a particular movie that relates to my subject as it will help me to see it from a different point of view.
Our frequent one-on-one meetings have been very accommodating. These sessions have provided me with a space to discuss ideas, ask questions, and receive feedback on my work. She helped me identify key points of my research and It made such a tremendous difference as a researcher and writer to be supported by someone that excelled in the field.
Overall, it has been a great experience working with my dissertation supervisor. She has provided me with invaluable advice and assistance as I developed my proposal and carried out my research. As a result of my supervisor’s guidance, I am much more confident and in comfort knowing I can always get help whenever needed.
Tips to feel more in control of your final year dissertation
So it’s dissertation time. Whether you fall into the ‘I’m so stressed I can’t even think about it’, the ‘bring it on’ camp or somewhere in between – we’ve got you covered. Here’s some tips and reminders to help you feel more in control of your final year dissertation project and where you can find help if you need it.
Save your work
Technology is pretty nifty these days, but we’ve heard enough horror stories for a lifetime. Remember to save and back up your work as often as you can. Losing work and starting again is stress you really don’t need…
Start early and start well
Plan, plan and plan some more!
Think about what modules you enjoyed or what topics interest you. Remember, it will be a long road with this one theme, so make sure you’re really into it and won’t get bored of it.
Start your research waaaay ahead of time. Try to read widely around your subject and chat it through with friends, family or your dissertation supervisor. It will be handy to bounce ideas off of people at this early stage.
Look at a calendar and plan out what you want your progress to look like at different times of the year. You don’t want to be cramming towards the end, so leave enough time for edits and proof reading.
Figure out what you want to say
This is a significant amount of work, so what are you hoping to achieve/prove/explore/debate? A good, structured plan of what you want to say will help you stay on track and avoid rambling or disappearing down rabbit holes. Having a solid proposal will also give you something to come back to if you get stuck.
See where the work takes you
Don’t worry if your dissertation isn’t turning out how you expected it, or if you research data is saying something unexpected. This is great to use in your writing and shows the journey you’ve been on with this piece of work.
It is really important to attend your dissertation supervisor sessions. Your supervisor will offer you all kinds of support from helping you plan, picking your topic, helping with research and generally being a sounding board. Also, this is your supervisor’s 9-5! They are SUPER interested in what you’re finding out and want to help you explore. Book in some regular catch ups for some double brain power.
Here to help
Remember you have a lot of resources here to help you on your way. As well as your dissertation supervisor, you also have student support services , library support , student success coaches and study skills , which run workshops from critical thinking to improving your writing, as well as our wellbeing team . You can also get your printing and binding done on campus.
Take care of yourself
This is a large piece of work which will take up a lot of your energy, so remember to be gentle with yourself. Take regular breaks, get outside for some fresh air and fuel yourself correctly. Try to lean into your friends and family for some help with proof reading; you’ll be glad for some time away from it and fresh eyes could spot something you’ve missed.
Dissertations are often seen as this big, scary accumulation of your time at university, which sounds terrifying, but it doesn’t have to be. Make use of the resources available to you and take it steady. We believe in you.
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45 credit level 7 module
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On successful completion of this 45 credit Masters Dissertation (Distance Learning) module, you will be able to:
- produce a comprehensive and critical review of the literature
- demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the complexities, strengths and weaknesses of an investigation
- critically evaluate and explore aspects of the research process including issues of reliability, validity, ethical issues and constraints
- evaluate and contribute to theoretical and methodological debate in their discipline area
- design and execute a well-planned research study based on relevant research methodology, within a framework of research governance
- mapping of specific learning outcomes for the dissertation will be dependent upon the nature of the study and the methodology employed.
60 level 3 credits or equivalent.
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The syllabus is dictated by the nature of the area/topic of study agreed between the learner and identified academic supervisor.
Learning and Teaching
Independent learning underpins the teaching and learning strategy on the dissertation module. You will have an identified dissertation supervisor and approximately 20 hours supervision. Supervision includes contact hours with the supervisor and formative feedback on draft work.
Working effectively with their dissertation supervisor, you will be expected to:
- confirm aims, questions and proposed research strategy and set out a programme of work
- demonstrate the ability for independent work and ability to manage the study.
Scheduled learning includes tutorials, project supervision, and formative assessment.
Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, assignment preparation and completion etc.
You will be asked to submit a dissertation portfolio containing the following three tasks, which altogether will be a maximum of 10,000 words (excluding reference lists):
- A journal article prepared for submission to a journal of your choice.
- An explanation and justification of the academic journal the paper is (hypothetically) written for.
- A reflection on your research; this will provide you space to justify your decision in carrying out the research and in evaluation that might not fit well in the journal article.
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