The role of the dissertation supervisor is to guide you through the process of your research project. Your supervisor may or may not have taught you before, but what’s certain is that she’s done a dissertation (or two) before and will be able to help you with yours.
"Many students have commented to me that they would like to see a more concise research-methods textbook. Ideally, something that contains essential cases and concepts, as opposed to a wide range of both business and student examples. In addition, students are often interested in the experiences of other students and the role of the dissertation supervisor. Therefore, this book aims to guide the student through the entire research process by using actual student case examples, and explaining the role of the supervisor and how to meet their expectations. In some institutions, the supervisor is also the first marker of the dissertation, so it is important for students to understand how to use their supervisor effectively as well as recognise the criteria they may use when marking the dissertation."
Dissertation supervisors: Horald Zakon and David Hills
The dissertation is a 10,000-word piece of written-up research based on fieldwork, museum work, laboratory work, other forms of analytical work, or library / archive work (or any combination of these). The written account of your dissertation research is different from an essay - you are expected to outline aims and objectives, methods and results. You are expected to apply your own critical judgement to your chosen research area and discuss your own ideas alongside the published ideas of others working in the same field. You will be guided in your choice of topic, in your programme of fieldwork or data collection, and in the writing up of your results by your Dissertation Supervisor, the Third Year Tutor, and the Dissertation Handbook.