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Undergraduate Dissertation Award 2016


The Undergraduate Dissertation Award is for outstanding dissertation research undertaken by students on undergraduate courses in a built environment-related discipline. The Award aims to promote the importance of research skills in enabling students to become competent practitioners. 




•    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 undergraduate built environment-related degree courses (either accredited or non-accredited by the CIOB). 
  •  Nominee must have completed a bachelor’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 institution is normally limited to 3.


Selection Criteria


The dissertation must:
•    Demonstrate a high level of academic attainment consistent with undergraduate study.
•    Be well-structured with a good standard of presentation.
•    Contain clear aims and objectives.
•    Show good knowledge and understanding of relevant literature.
•    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

The Chartered Institute of Building 

1 Arlington Square

Downshire Way 


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