The extended essay (EE) is an in-depth study of a focused topic selected from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects—normally one of the student's six chosen subjects for the IB diploma. This essay promotes high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.
Students develop a research question and thesis, plan and pursue independent research with minimal guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school), evaluate and analyse the findings and write a 4,000-word essay. This results in a formal and structured essay, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a logical and coherent manner, and is indicative of the level of research and writing expected at university. Upon completion of the written essay, the student participates in a short, concluding interview, or viva voce, with the supervisor.
In the Diploma Programme, the extended essay is the prime example of a project where the student has the opportunity to show knowledge, understanding and enthusiasm of a topic through a thoughtful and sustained argument. In those countries where interviews are required prior to acceptance for employment or for a place at university, the extended essay is often a valuable stimulus for discussion.
More information about the EE to find here: DP Guide 2017-2019.