The dissertation is based on a piece of research work that has direct relevance to your speciality in surgery. It should be a formal academic composition which clearly states the context and importance or relevance of the subject matter, specifies the research question(s) or aim(s), outlines existing knowledge which has a bearing on the research, describes methods used and results obtained, critically discusses these in the light of existing knowledge, and ends with the formulation of conclusions and/or recommendations.
The expected length varies according to the approach and subject matter, but the main text should not usually be longer than about 20,000 words (60 to 100 pages depending on type style and spacing).
How the dissertation units work
SURG5007 Dissertation A and SURG5008 Dissertation B are the two units that you must enrol in whilst working on your dissertation. That is, it is anticipated that candidates will work on a specified research project under their supervisor during both parts A and B of the dissertation unit.
Students must enrol in Dissertation A prior to, or concurrent with, Dissertation B and be enrolled in Dissertation B in order to submit their dissertation. Your dissertation is due for submission on the census date following the semester in which you enrol in Dissertation B:
|Enrolment in Dissertation B||Date due|
|Semester 1||August census date of that year|
|Semester 2||March census date of the following year|
If a student is not able to submit his/her dissertation after enrolling in 18 credit points of dissertation units of study, he/she must re-enrol in a minimum of 9 credit points of dissertation units of study, with the concomitant financial liability, every semester until he/she submits.
Dissertation guidelines & submission requirements
The disseration guidelines, submission requirements and cover sheet are accessible below. Please note that all enquiries regarding the dissertation should be directed towards your supervisor in the first instance, or the Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator - Prof James May.