What is the Role of a Dissertation Supervisor?

Table of contents

When you’re writing your dissertation your supervisor will become one of the most important people in your lives, up there with friends, family and loved ones. But before you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, you are probably wondering what exactly a dissertation supervisor does. This guide will give you the basics about what to expect.

What you can Expect from your Dissertation Supervisor

The role of your supervisor is to advise and guide you as you write your dissertation

Your supervisor can help you identify a topic, develop a preliminary bibliography, and outline how you will carry out your research.
If you haven’t carried out primary research before but are planning to do so for your dissertation, your supervisor should help you plan, step-by-step, a suitable methodology.
Your supervisor will be able to advise you if what you plan to do is feasible or not
Your supervisor may approve (or reject) your dissertation proposal
You are likely to have three or more meetings with your supervisor. The initial meeting, where you might identify a subject, research questions and rough methodology, is particularly important. Subsequent meetings might cover progress and structure; and final changes before submission

What Not to Expect from your Dissertation Supervisor

You shouldn’t expect your dissertation supervisor to correct minor mistakes in grammar and spelling.
Your dissertation supervisor should offer guidance and advice only, he or she won’t tell you what topic you should write about, or dictate the details of how you should carry out your research.
It’s likely that you will have to contact your supervisor and make arrangements to meet; your supervisor won’t do this for you.

How to get the Best from your Dissertation Supervisor

This is likely to become a very important relationship over the course of your dissertation. You might become quite stressed during this time, so it’s important to do all you can to ensure the relationship is a smooth and profitable one.
Work out what you want from your supervisor – this will be unique to you as an individual. The degree of support, the type of working relationship, the form of contact you and your supervisor decide on – all these things and more are variables which depend on the individuals involved (you and your supervisor)
Before arranging your first meeting make sure you have done some initial research
Be aware that your supervisor is likely to be very busy, so don’t be disappointed if he or she isn’t available on demand
Be flexible about communication methods
At your initial meeting agree some dates for major milestones, so you can track your progress
Don’t get upset about feedback, see it as something of potential use to you. Evaluation is the key: ask yourself how it can be used. Occasionally you might feel that a suggestion is really misplaced, so don’t feel you have to act on all feedback. However, be very honest with yourself. Know the difference between finding it hard to take criticism and genuinely feeling evaluation is misplaced.
Bibliography

University of Birmingham (2013) “Supervision of the dissertation” [online] (cited 27th February 2013) available from

http://www.socscidiss.bham.ac.uk/supervision.html

University of Sheffield (2013) “Dissertation guidance” [online] (cited 27th February 2013) available from

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/dissertation/guidance

University of Southampton (2013) “You and your supervisor” [online] (cited 27th February 2013) available from http://www.studyskills.soton.ac.uk/research_skills/Research_Topic/crt__05.htm

Birkbeck University of London (2013) ‘The role of the supervisor’, [online] (cited 27th February 2013) available from http://www.bbk.ac.uk/mybirkbeck/services/facilities/support/dissertations/pg_dissertations/supervisor.

Calculate the price
Make an order in advance and get the best price
Pages (550 words)
$0.00
*Price with a welcome 15% discount applied.
Pro tip: If you want to save more money and pay the lowest price, you need to set a more extended deadline.
We know how difficult it is to be a student these days. That's why our prices are one of the most affordable on the market, and there are no hidden fees.

Instead, we offer bonuses, discounts, and free services to make your experience outstanding.
How it works
Receive a 100% original paper that will pass Turnitin from a top essay writing service
step 1
Upload your instructions
Fill out the order form and provide paper details. You can even attach screenshots or add additional instructions later. If something is not clear or missing, the writer will contact you for clarification.
Pro service tips
How to get the most out of your experience with MyStudyWriters
One writer throughout the entire course
If you like the writer, you can hire them again. Just copy & paste their ID on the order form ("Preferred Writer's ID" field). This way, your vocabulary will be uniform, and the writer will be aware of your needs.
The same paper from different writers
You can order essay or any other work from two different writers to choose the best one or give another version to a friend. This can be done through the add-on "Same paper from another writer."
Copy of sources used by the writer
Our college essay writers work with ScienceDirect and other databases. They can send you articles or materials used in PDF or through screenshots. Just tick the "Copy of sources" field on the order form.
Testimonials
See why 20k+ students have chosen us as their sole writing assistance provider
Check out the latest reviews and opinions submitted by real customers worldwide and make an informed decision.
Philosophy
Thank you
Customer 452811, February 17th, 2024
Management
Love this writer!!! Great work
Customer 452597, April 5th, 2021
Management
Thank you!!! I received my order in record timing.
Customer 452551, February 9th, 2021
Social Work and Human Services
Although it took 2 revisions I am satisfied but I did receive it late because of that.
Customer 452603, March 25th, 2021
History
Don't really see any of sources I provided, but elsewise its great, thank you!
Customer 452697, May 8th, 2021
Business and administrative studies
excellent, got a 100
Customer 452773, May 17th, 2023
DATA565
The support team was late responding , my paper was late because the support team didn't respond in a timely manner. The writer of the paper finally got it right but seems there was a problem getting the revisioin to me.
Customer 452773, April 7th, 2024
Business and administrative studies
excellent job!
Customer 452773, May 25th, 2023
Human Resources Management (HRM)
excellent, great job
Customer 452773, June 19th, 2023
Business Studies
Thank you very much for a good job done and a quick turn around time.
Customer 452615, March 31st, 2021
Business and administrative studies
Thank you for your hard work and help
Customer 452773, February 21st, 2023
Nursing
I just need some minor alterations. Thanks.
Customer 452547, February 10th, 2021
11,595
Customer reviews in total
96%
Current satisfaction rate
3 pages
Average paper length
37%
Customers referred by a friend
OUR GIFT TO YOU
15% OFF your first order
Use a coupon FIRST15 and enjoy expert help with any task at the most affordable price.
Claim my 15% OFF Order in Chat
Close

Sometimes it is hard to do all the work on your own

Let us help you get a good grade on your paper. Get professional help and free up your time for more important courses. Let us handle your;

  • Dissertations and Thesis
  • Essays
  • All Assignments

  • Research papers
  • Terms Papers
  • Online Classes
Live ChatWhatsApp