A dissertation can be a daunting prospect. It does not need to be. The fundamental key to writing a good dissertation is planning. Even though the deadline may be months away it is important to organise yourself as soon as possible. Writing a dissertation is something not to be underestimated. It involves numerous processes; finding the original idea, researching resources, drawing up an initial bibliography, making a rough plan, researching, meeting with advisors, further research, writing drafts, further meetings with advisors, collating images with their references, editing drafts, incorporating the departmental presentation requirements and finally producing a finished document. This process also has to include time to reflect upon the work, as finished dissertations seldom look like their original plan. You will be given the relevant submission dates well in advance, so set yourself achievable targets taking into consideration other work commitments you will have throughout the year. If you fail to organise yourself properly you will cause yourself unnecessarily high levels of stress. This page contains information on the practical elements of writing an Art History dissertation.For full information on the submission, and rules and regulations pertaining to the dissertation, please see the History of Art Undergraduate Handbook (PDF, 1,042kB). If in doubt about any aspect of the dissertation, including guidelines for presentation, please consult this document.
For information on deadlines for submission go to the current-undergraduates page on the History of Art webpages.
PLEASE NOTE for 2013-14: It is NOT necessary to include an Abstract in your dissertation, though you may do so if you wish. The word count for single honours is 9,000, for joint honours, 5,500.
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