Student Dissertation Award

Student category

Student Dissertation

This category celebrates dissertation work completed by students as part of an undergraduate or post-graduate course accredited by the Landscape Institute. It is open to students who have successfully completed their course during the 3 years to July 2019.

Student Dissertation

This should be a dissertation completed as part of an LI-accredited course. Brief details of the research problem, hypothesis and research methodology should be provided.

Judging criteria

  • Choice and focus of subject – appropriateness of response to brief
  • Clarity of purpose and structure – ways in which aims and objectives are set out and appropriateness of dissertation structure for its purpose.
  • Research and review – quality and breadth of background research and literature review, including appropriate citing of references and sources.
  • Methodology – quality and appropriateness of methodology and its application, including clarity of procedures used.
  • Analysis and interpretation of results – analytical ability, demonstrated, including appropriate development and application of criteria for interpreting results and making judgements.
  • Communication – quality of communication and expression including written style, grammar, illustrations and graphic presentation.
  • Conclusions/summary – appropriateness, reliability and usefulness of conclusions of the subject addressed.

Specific requirements for entry

  • Copy of the dissertation document
  • Dissertations should be submitted as complete, standalone documents and additional pieces of work, such as presentation sheets or similar, will not be considered by the judging panel.

Entry requirements

This category is free to enter but you must register, as with all other categories.

  • Title of project
  • Entrant details
  • Student details (if different from entrant)
  • LI Accredited Course details and dates
  • Covering statement, up to 500 words, including
    • Personal approach to projects
    • Special Qualities
    • Research
    • Inspirations
    • Experience gained in and around the course
  • Dissertation summary, up to 500 words, that gives brief details of the research problems, hypothesis and research methodology.
  • File upload: Submission document addressing the Specific Requirements for Entry set out above, in PDF format, 100MB max file size. Refer to the Submission Document Requirements on the ‘How to enter’ page for more details of what to include in this document.
  • Images upload: You can upload up to 15 images (JPEG, at least 300dpi) from your submission document, to be featured in promotional material and publicised by the LI. For each image, you will need to provide a brief description, image credit and confirmation that it can be used in publicity.
  • Online media: if you have referenced a video or website in your submission, provide the URL

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