Students normally prepare their dissertations during TT and the long vacation, but it is often valuable to commence background work earlier. A student's dissertation topic should be selected in consultation with their supervisor and the details of the form and scope of the dissertation are described in the Regulations. Here are some PDF icon potential dissertation projects for the academic year 2016-17 (these are still to be updated for the academic year 2017-18). Also students are encouraged to talk to any potential supervisors, which may include most academics or researchers in OCIAM or the NA Group. Note that the supervisor allocated in the first term will not usually turn out to be the supervisor for the dissertation. Each student will be required to give a short talk and answer questions on the background to their dissertation topic at an open meeting, attended by supervisors, examiners and other students, to be held at the end of May.

The body of the dissertation (excluding appendices etc.) should usually be 40-50 pages (less than 55 pages without penalty).

Students should submit three bound copies of their dissertation, with a completed PDF icon declaration form, to the Examination Schools by midday on Wednesday 29th August 2018. An electronic copy should also be submitted via the MMSC dissertation submission page.

The oral examination (viva) will be held in the second half of September and students will be expected to answer questions on their dissertation.

More details about the dissertation are given in the dissertation handbook.