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Dissertation and Final Project Support

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  • Copyright and your dissertation or project
  • Intellectual Property and Copyright tutorials
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Copyright and your dissertation or project

When writing your dissertation or project, you will likely need to make use of copyrighted works. Because copyrighted works have certain protections, you need to be aware of what you can and cannot copy and how to legally share other people's work. 

Copyright and plagiarism are not the same thing - it is possible to infringe copyright even though you have cited/referenced and plagiarised even though you have followed copyright rules. 

Most of the copyrighted works you will use in your dissertation or project will be covered under a 'Fair dealing' exception, but it is still your responsibility to ensure that:

  • you have adequate permission to use materials and
  • you are using them in a fair way - i.e. only to support your work.

Check out our page on copyright for students and the tutorials below to explore this important concept more fully. 

Intellectual Property and Copyright Tutorials

IP Tutor is "an interactive, CPD accredited e-learning tool helping students understand intellectual property rights", from





‘IP for Research’ is aimed at PhD and Early Career Researchers.  It provides PhD and/or Early Career Researchers with the knowledge and understanding of how IP fits into the commercialisation of their research.

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Check out our comprehensive Copyright guide below: