At the start of the third year you should think about the final stages of your degree and your future. It’s a good idea again at this point to review the knowledge and skills you have learnt in your first and second year.

You may want to look at areas such as exam techniques so you can be confident going into your final exams that you have the confidence to achieve your full potential. 

The main focus for many third years is the dissertation or extended project. BISSTO has a very thorough section on Writing a Dissertation which you should consult before embarking on it. 

The research for your dissertation may mean that you have to obtain specialist books or journal articles which the library may not hold. In this instance, you can either use the Inter-Library Loans service or use other academic libraries via the Sconul Access Scheme

In the third year, you should also start thinking about the future after you graduate. This may involve further education such as postgraduate courses or finding a job. In both of these scenarios, the careers service can provide advice. Once you have graduated you are eligible to join the University's Alumni and Friends Association. Register to join and enjoy the benifits offered. Please note that access to electronic resources is not included in the membership.


Bolton Award

Bolton Award is an extra-curricular programme designed to boost your employability skills. Find out more via the
Bolton Award webpages.


Owl's Top Hoot

You can still access Library print materials after graduation via the University Alumni scheme. Please note you will not be able to access the computers or any online materials that we subscribe to.