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Writing Your Thesis

Writing Your Thesis

Third Edition
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August 2013 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'Written in an authoritative and accessible style, this is a must-read for anyone planning, researching and writing a doctoral thesis or dissertation. I will certainly be recommending this book to my research students.' - Professor Goeffrey Elliott, University of Worcester

'Paul's book was a lifeline during my doctorate: it is now the first book that I recommend for my research students! His book is easily accessible, full of practical advice, and provides useful study strategies to carefully guide you - this third edition is a valuable asset wherever you are on your doctoral journey.' - Dr Scott Buckler, University  of Worcester

Based on his extensive experience as a successful thesis supervisor, Paul Oliver shows you how to turn your notes and data into a finished Masters or PhD thesis or dissertation.  
Fully up-to-date with current HEFCE/other EU requirements, the book sets out a template for you to follow, including planning and preparation, theoretical perspectives, publishing preliminary findings, and preparing for the viva.

This edition contains:

  • Examples of common mistakes and how you can avoid them
  • Discussions of artefacts such as creative work
  • Research-focused content
  • A section on the relationship with your supervisor
  • Information on online and digital work, so you are up to date with the latest developments in thesis writing.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

The Research Thesis
The Intellectual Content Of The Thesis
Organizing Your Work
The Role Of The Supervisor
Your Role As A Student
Grammar, Punctuation And Conventions Of Academic Writing
Layout Of The Thesis
The Preliminary Pages And The Introduction
The Literature Review
General Issues Concerning The Literature Review

Online Literature Searching

The Data Analysis Chapters
The Conclusion
Completing The Thesis
Publishing Findings During Preparation Of The Thesis
The Oral Examination


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Incredibly accessible and informative

Mrs Susie Cowley-Haselden
English Language Teaching Unit, University of Leicester
October 21, 2014

Clear, well written with a supportive, practical air. A book to have at hand to help you focus on the next stage.

Ms Andrina Inglis
Education, Teaching and Leadership, College Of Medicine & Vet Medicine
August 12, 2014

In general, a good support tool for any student writing their thesis. Even though our students use a slightly different format, some sections are definitely useful and I would recommend using this book alongside our internal guidelines.

Dr Ciska Hoving
Dept of Health Promotion & Health Educ, Maastricht University
July 28, 2014

This is an excellent book for first time research proposal writing students and for those who really wants to be empowered on how to write a power thesis. A must have textbook for doctoral students.

Professor Micheal Van Wyk
Teacher Education, University of South Africa (UNISA)
July 13, 2014

Good and relevant for The student

Mr Troels Møller
Danish Academy of Business & Technology , Danish Business Academy
July 9, 2014

A good and interesting read and will help those students with their projects.

Ms Allison Savory
Department of Social Sciences, Bucks New University
June 24, 2014

This is a very useful work which I have recommended to any third year students considering Masters. It is authoritative without being intimidating.

Mr Neil Van Dokkum
Dept of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology
June 3, 2014

Certainly a great book but unfortunatley it does not quite fit into our seminar plans

Ms Roswitha Kersten-Pejanic
Department of Slavic studies, Humboldt University of Berlin
May 22, 2014

A great support to those starting to think about putting their research together

Mrs Jane Wood
Clothing Design & Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University
May 9, 2014

A recommended book for anyone planning or doing doctoral research

Ms Louise Lawson
Dept of Nursing & Midwifery, Hertfordshire University
March 21, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Sample chapter - The Research Thesis

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