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Doing Your Masters Dissertation

Doing Your Masters Dissertation

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December 2004 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Doing Your Masters Dissertation is a practical and comprehensive guide to researching, preparing and writing a dissertation at Masters level. It adopts a well-structured and logical approach, and takes the student through all the stages necessary to complete their research and write a successful dissertation.

Key features of the book include:

  • Step-by-step coverage - sections on choosing a topic, research design, methodology and presenting data and writing up
  • An up-to-date list of key reference materials, both printed and electronic
  • Advice on ethical guidelines
  • Information on assessment criteria
  • Student-focused throughout with a broad range of worked examples and guidelines for further reading.

Written in an engaging and accessible manner, this textbook is an essential resource for postgraduate students across the social sciences required to complete a Masters dissertation.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

What Is a Masters?
Managing Your Transitition to Masters
Finding and Formulating Your Topic
Imagining Your Dissertation
Choosing Which Type of Dissertation to Do
Searching and Reviewing the Literature
Methodological Assumptions and Beliefs
Methodological Choices And Consequences
Research Ethics and Standards
Research Design
Writing Your Research Proposal
Writing Your Dissertation


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Excellent book which will provide guidance throughout

Mrs Alison Williams
School of Health, Glyndwr University
July 1, 2010

A complete one-stop guide to delivering a dissertation at Masters level. It is easy to read, clear and logical in structure, as well as being inspirational in its tone of voice.

Having been recently up-dated it is an invaluable resource for current MA students.

Mr Gary Joynes Slater
Media Art and Communications, Gloucestershire University
June 24, 2010

Good advice for all students. Early chapters will be recommended for all to read. The bias toward social science in the later chapters may be off-putting for the more scientific minded engineering and computing students, but may result in the management students adopting the entire book more readily.

Dr Meinwen Taylor
Newport Business School, University of Wales, Newport
June 14, 2010

Very useful text. Our library has bought several copies.

Dr Keith Anderson
The York Management School, York University
May 5, 2010

An accessible, 'step-by-step' guide to all aspects of completing a Masters dissertation. The initial chapters 'What is a Masters?' and 'Managing your transition to Masters' provide a sound base from which to embark on this level of research and academic writing.

Ms Jill Powell
Education , Bradford College
February 10, 2010

Clearly written giving good guidance for studetns who worry about the 'level' required of them at M level.

Excellent research ethics chapter

Mrs Jane Williams
Human & Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
January 9, 2010

The dissertation proves to eb the most challenging part of my Masters' programme and Hart's systematic and methodical approach to advising students is evidenced in this new book. Its got to help.

Mr William Spence
Psychology , Glasgow University
January 8, 2010

I have shown this text to some of our students who are due to start the dissertation module in January. They found the cover, the presentation of ideas, (the use of white space, tables, font, bold) and writing style resulted in seemingly organised material which is easily navigated and digested! I'll suggest to the team that this become essential reading for the next year's students who will number about 60.

Mrs Georgina Hourahane
school of nursing and midwifery studies, Cardiff University
December 2, 2009

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