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Biology Third Year Dissertation Discussion

  1. Read the task in Box 1.
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Step 1

The Task

Biology, Third Year Dissertation: Discussion

Queen Mary, University of London

In their final year (3rd year), students taking our biology programmes conduct an individual research project and present their findings in the form of a dissertation. This requires them to write about 30 pages of text and figures.

The Discussion should be a stand-alone chapter starting with one or two sentences that explain the background to the project and reiterating the main aim of the study. It is worthwhile returning to the objectives stated in the Introduction and discussing to what extent the study met these objectives.  Objectives can be used as sub-headings to structure the discussion, thereby integrating Introduction and Discussion chapters. This chapter allows the student to explain what they discovered from their investigation and what they feel the significance of their results is. It is important to articulate a point of view and to defend this by referring the reader either to the appropriate figure/page in the Results chapter and/ or by quoting appropriate results from previously published literature. The discussion can be concluded with a sub-heading entitled ‘Conclusions and Future Work’.

Step 2


Discussion Text 1 - Bacteria On Toys

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Discussion Text 2 - Mouthwash

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Discussion Text 3 - Heat Shock Response

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Step 4

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