The Extended Essay

The Extended Essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity for IBDP students to investigate a topic of special interest related to one of the student’s six DP subjects/disciplines.

An Extended Essay can also be undertaken in world studies. The world studies Extended Essay provides students with the opportunity to carry out an in-depth interdisciplinary study of an issue of contemporary global significance, utilising two IB diploma disciplines.

Both types of Extended Essay (single-disciplinary and interdisciplinary essays) are intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity expected at university.

They provide students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school).

This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject or issue chosen.

It is recommended that students follow the completion of the written essay with a short, concluding interview – viva voce – with the supervisor.

In countries where interviews are required prior to acceptance for employment or for a place at university, the Extended Essay has proved to be a valuable stimulus for discussion.