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Masters Dissertation Award 2016


The Masters Dissertation Award is for outstanding research undertaken by students on taught postgraduate courses. The Award aims to promote the importance of advanced research skills in enabling students to pursue specialised careers.  




•    Premier Award (£1000, trophy and certificate)
•    Highly Commended Award (£500, trophy and certificate)
•    Merit Award (trophy and certificate)


Rules of Entry


In addition to the General Rules of Entry,

  • Nominations for dissertations must be from taught postgraduate degree courses (either accredited or non-accredited by the CIOB). 
  • Nominee must have completed a master’s degree in the year 2015 or 2016.  
  • Dissertations must have been assessed as outstanding.   
  • Each submission must be endorsed by a nominator from the relevant educational institution (e.g. dissertation supervisor, course director, or tutor). The nominator needs to provide a recommendation reference (not exceeding 200 words) on the entry form to indicate why the nominee is deserving of consideration for an award. 
  • For each submission, an entry form must be completed and returned by post with a hard copy of the dissertation.
  • The number of nominations that can be made from a single insitution is normally limited to 3.



Selection Criteria


The dissertation must:
•    Demonstrate a high level of academic attainment consistent with postgraduate study.
•    Display a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the chosen subject.
•    Be well-structured with a good standard of presentation.
•    Contain clear aims and objectives.
•    Show a critical review of existing literature or other scholarly outputs.
•    Possess a well-justified research methodology.
•    Obtain relevant data from appropriate sources.
•    Include a clear interpretation and presentation of findings.
•    Contain a clear and logical argument leading to appropriate and relevant conclusions.
•    Set out recommendations for future research. 

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How to apply

1. Read the rules of entry
2. Download and complete the entry form
3. Send to

The I&R Awards Team

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