Archived Material (Dissertations)

This book takes you through all the elements needed for a successful dissertation proposal and dissertation. The book explains the sections required for both proposal and dissertation, and offers helpful downloadable templates to assist with the presentation.

What a dissertation should look like

Title page


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As your dissertation is a larger piece of writing you should have a title page. Your School should provide you with a standard Solent University dissertation cover. This has a rectangular hole or ‘window’ through which it should be possible to read the following details from the title page:

  • The award for which the project is submitted
  • The academic year of submission
  • The name of the author
  • The title of the work

Position the window carefully in the centre of the page. You could either create a moveable text box on the page in order to do that, or use our template which has the window positioned correctly.

Other information that may appear on the title page but outside of the window space may include:

  • Southampton Solent University
  • The name of your faculty
  • The name of your supervisor
  • The date of presentation
Example of title page (PDF opens in new window)

Remember: 

Plan your work carefully so you have plenty of time to get these last details right. Work backwards from your deadline and leave yourself a few days to print and bind. Everyone else will be too!