Let’s make dissertations masterly again! A study on improving the experience and results of the post-graduate final project in the UAE

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Published Sep 12, 2019
Alun Epps


This paper aims to enhance the supervision-level of post-graduate dissertations in a Middle East Branch Campus of a Transnational Higher Education Institution (HEI). For a number of years, the proposal stage of the dissertation had been more or less ignored and final dissertation results had been adequate. Then in one academic year, a series of initiatives comprising; focused workshops, formative assessment, one to one guidance, best practice panels and proposal grading, were developed and implemented. This resulted in a sustained passing rate and a significant elevation of grade classifications awarded. The author suggests that the practices contained herein could benefit similar dissertation programs offered both in the Middle East region and worldwide.

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Epps, A. (2019). Let’s make dissertations masterly again! A study on improving the experience and results of the post-graduate final project in the UAE. Journal of Research in Emerging Markets, 1(3), 55–66. https://doi.org/10.30585/jrems.v1i3.350
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formative assessment, masters dissertations, improving award classifications, research methods, research supervision



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