What is the Extended Essay (EE)?
The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper. This essay is a culminating task and a required component of the IB Diploma Program.
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 analyze, 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.