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BSc, MSc & PhD Dissertations

Do your dissertation with frontier

We actively encourage BSc, Masters and PhD students to collect dissertation data while working alongside Frontier in a partnership where both sides benefit from essential research.

You could be monitoring biodiversity, mapping reefs and surveying local communities while passing your course and having a great time. The vast majority of students who do their dissertations with Frontier get one of the top two grades in their degree.

Download the current list of research topics

This list is by no means exhaustive, but is designed to indicate the research Frontier supports and what is compatible with our current activities in each country.

Note: dissertations can only be completed on selected projects run exclusively by Frontier - these are:

Background information is available to download from the Publications section.

Once you have reviewed the topics available and decided on your ideas in consultation with your supervisor, please do not hesitate to contact education@frontier.ac.uk, providing a detailed description of your proposal. We will provide you with comments and feedback.

You must then complete a formal proposal form, available for download here, this must also be signed by your supervisor; and will be signed, on approval, by Frontier's Research and Development Manager.

To help you in the dissertation application process, an outline is available here. A formal 'Frontier Guide for University Supervisors' is available for your supervisor. This provides information that the university may need before agreeing your dissertation. You should aim to start the application process at least 6-9 months before you deploy to the field.

Past titles have included:

Stanwell-Smith D. A comparative study of fish diversity and abundance over pristine and mined back reef at Mafia Island, Tanzania. University of Wales, Swansea.

Stubblefield LK. An assessment of Bugungu Game Reserve, Uganda with reference to its potential for rural development. University of Edinburgh.

Furey N. An appraisal of the forest quality of Ben-En National Park, North Vietnam, following commercial logging. Silsoe College, Cranfield University.