The Student Research Project is an annual project which will be completed by Prep, ninth and tenth grade students over the course of the academic year. Students are advised and given feedback by their advisors via the ManageBac platform. First, students select their topics, then they meet with their advisors over the course of the year. At the end of the research process, there is an exhibition where students have the chance to share their Project with the wider school community. The Student Research Project’s assessment criteria is based on the IB learner profile and IB Internal Assesment criteria.

The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

What Is The Significance Of The Extended Essay?

The extended essay provides:

  • Practical preparation for undergraduate research
  • An opportunity for students to investigate a topic of special interest to them, which is also related to one of the student’s six DP subjects.


Through the research process for the extended essay, students develop skills in:

  • Formulating an appropriate research question
  • Engaging in a personal exploration of the topic
  • Communicating ideas
  • Developing an argument.


Participation in this process develops the capacity to analyse, synthesize and evaluate knowledge.

An extended essay can also be undertaken in world studies, where students carry out an in-depth interdisciplinary study of an issue of contemporary global significance, across two IB diploma disciplines.

For more information please visit the IB’s Extended Essay page.