Preparing Your Dissertation For Submission

Your dissertation should be presented in the following order. This table also shows which words do not count
towards the word limit for the dissertation. Remember that Word templates are available to assist you in
preparing a text which meets the law school’s requirements.

Title page
Word TEMPLATE available
Dissertation title page.dot
This should contain the title of your dissertation, and your student number.
Do not include your name on the title page.
The title page does not count towards the word limit.
Abstract
Word TEMPLATE available
Dissertation abstract.dot
A minimum of 300 and a maximum of 400 words.
The abstract does not count towards the word limit
Contents
Word TEMPLATE available
Dissertation table of contents.dot
A table of contents using only your Level 1 headings.
The contents do not count towards the word limit.
Main body of the dissertation
Word TEMPLATE available
Dissertation.dot
Footnotes must appear at the foot of each page. Continuous numbering in Arabic numerals must be used throughout the dissertation.
Tables of authorities
Word TEMPLATE available
Dissertation table of authorities.dot
You should include tables of primary authorities with separate tables for (1) statutes (2) secondary legislation (3) treaties (4) European Union legislation (5) case law.
List these chronologically.
If your dissertation focuses on European or international law, you should split your tables of cases into the different jurisdictions.
Tables do not count towards the word limit
Bibliography
Word TEMPLATE available
Dissertation bibliography.dot
List books first, then chapters in books of essays, then journal articles, then web-based materials.
The bibliography does not count towards the word limit.
Documentary appendixVery occasionally a dissertation will rely on materials which are not readily available either in the University Library or on the web. In such cases, and with the permission of your supervisor, you may include a documentary appendix which contains such material. Only primary
material can be included in such an appendix, and it should be kept as short as possible.
The purpose is to enable those who will be assessing your dissertation to
see source material which might otherwise not be readily available.

Похожее изображениеYour dissertation must be word processed on A4 paper (or American equivalent if you are a distance learning
student based in the United States) using one and a half line or double line spacing with page numbers
appearing on the bottom right. Downloadable Word templates are available on Blackboard to assist you in the
presentation of your dissertation. If you do not know how to use templates, now is the time to learn.
Do not include your name or student number on each page of the dissertation.

While you are working on your dissertation, we advise that you keep each of the above files as separate documents for ease of editing. Once you have completed the dissertation, merge the files together in the following order. This will preserve your page numbering. Check this once you have merged these files into a single file.
1. Open your main dissertation file
2. Move the cursor to the top of this file and insert the TITLE PAGE
3. After the TITLE PAGE, but before the main dissertation file starts, insert the ABSTRACT
4. After the ABSTRACT, but before the main dissertation file starts, insert the TABLE OF CONTENTS
5. At the bottom of the main dissertation file, insert the TABLE OF AUTHORITIES
6. At the bottom of the TABLE OF AUTHORITIES, insert the BIBLIOGRAPHY
7. Save the new file with your name: example: “Jo Bloggs.docx”
8. Make one or more backups of this file.
9. This file will now be ready to print off and submit in accordance with the requirements for your programme.

Your dissertation need not be professionally bound.