CLS dissertation prize

The CLS annual dissertation prize celebrates outstanding work by a UCL Institute of Education Masters student who uses cohort study data in his or her final dissertation. The prize aims to encourage the use of cohort data in student research. Winners receive a cash prize from CLS.

The CLS Dissertation prize for 2013 was awarded jointly to Ye Kuang, MSc student in Psychology of Education, for her study on the effect of neighbourhood human capital on child behavioural and emotional outcomes, and to Caoimhe Doyle, MSc student in Child Development, for her work on neighbourhood disadvantage and children’s internalising and externalising problems.

Who is eligible?

Dissertations must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • The dissertation is written by an MA or MSc student at the UCL Institute of Education.
  • Analysis of data from the 1958 National Child Development Study, the 1970 British Cohort Study and/or the Millennium Cohort Study forms a substantial part of the dissertation.
  • The dissertation received an A grade from the student's academic department.

How is the winner selected?

A panel of CLS judges will select the winning dissertation based on which study made best use of CLS data.

How do I apply?

When students' results have been announced, all academic departments at the IOE automatically put forward any dissertation that meets the eligibility criteria. Students do not need to submit an application, but you may wish to talk to your supervisor about submitting your dissertation on your behalf.

Programme leaders are asked to submit any eligible dissertations to Geeting at as soon as possible after results have been announced, and no later than 4 December 2016.

Where can I find out more about using cohort data in my dissertation?

If you are considering using cohort data in your dissertation, you may want to listen to Professor Jane Elliott's introductory online lecture, Narratives and numbers: The British birth cohort studies as a resource for student dissertations. Professor Elliott, former Director of CLS, answers some students' key questions on using cohort data:

  • Why use secondary data analysis as the basis for your study?
  • What are the British birth cohort studies?
  • What help is available?

If you have any questions about the CLS dissertation prize or using cohort data, please speak to your supervisor or contact Brian Dodgeon at