Progress You can begin designing and planning your dissertation with your supervisor as soon as you are signed up. With your supervisor, you should agree an overall schedule of work and key milestones for: 

• Design agreed 

• Ethics application submitted 

• Data collection started and completed

 • Analysis begun

 • Write up begun 

• Draft of write up to supervisor  

There are no fixed dates for these steps. 

Different dissertations have different schedules and supervisors work in a range of ways.

 However it is important to remember that work on the dissertation should be carried out over the whole period from January to the submission date. In the past, 

some students have not done sufficient work in the second term and then find themselves rushing the dissertation in term 3.

This can result in a dissertation not achieving its potential and therefore gaining a lower mark than hoped for.