In UK universities, a dissertation is an extended piece of writing based on extended reading and some independent research at Undergraduate or Masters level.
This section is here to assist and support you in preparing for and undertaking your dissertation, by giving you some general information about a dissertation's expected content, style, methodology and structure.
In addition to the information on these pages, you MUST refer to the instructions and guidance given to you for your particular programme - different subject areas have different expectations, referencing conventions and support mechanisms for the dissertation. (For example, in some areas you are able to define your own dissertation title, whilst in others you will be required to choose from a list; some areas link the dissertation to a particular taught course unit; some require you to submit a research proposal in a particular format, etc).
Consult your School intranet for information about particular dissertation requirements on your degree programme.