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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.


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PART ONE: ESSENTIAL PREPARATION FOR YOUR DISSERTATION
 
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
 
PART TWO: RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY
 
Methodological Assumptions and Beliefs
 
Methodological Choices And Consequences
 
Research Ethics and Standards
 
Research Design
 
PART THREE: DOING THE WRITING
 
Writing Your Research Proposal
 
Writing Your Dissertation

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This book covers in a single volume the essential issues that Masters students need to consider when planning and writing up their dissertations. A particular strength is the consideration of different types of dissertation. It is also nice to see Chris Hart's previous 2-volume guidance on lit searching and lit reviewing distilled within a single text.

Ms Shara Lochun
Department of Psychology, London Metropolitan University
August 12, 2011

Ms Patricia Jarrett
School of Community & Health Sciences, City University London
June 12, 2011

A very good detailed book, which is readable and easy to understand. It also has some suitability for other levels, e.g. PhD.

Dr Andrew Smith
School of Built and Natural Environment, University of Central Lancashire
April 14, 2011

This is an excellent text book for both students and supervisors. It is clear, concise and well considered throughout.

Dr Emma Bond
Social Science , university campus suffolk
March 9, 2011

This is an an excellent text book - it provides practical advice on deigning and developing a Master's dissertation. The well considered chapters detail the process and discuss the issues in an in-depth and well informed approach. Invaluable for both students and supervisors.

Dr Emma Bond
Social Science , university campus suffolk
March 9, 2011

This is an an excellent text book - it provides practical advice on deigning and developing a Master's dissertation. The well considered chapters detail the process and discuss the issues in an in-depth and well informed approach. Invaluable for both students and supervisors.

Dr Emma Bond
Applied Social Sciences , University Campus Suffolk
March 9, 2011

Really useful text for students who will progress to dissertation stage.

Mrs Susan Jackson
Professional & Community Education, University of the West of Scotland
January 12, 2011

This is an excellent book, which I plan (with the next intake of Masters students) to use as the main text. I am currently supervising Masters dissertation students and have strongly recommended that they purchase this book.

Dr Teresa Harms
Education , Newman College
November 24, 2010

Useful text to show students I am supervising especially overseas students to guide them through the process.

Mrs Sally Bunce
School of Business, Hertfordshire University
October 28, 2010

Excellent book which will provide guidance throughout

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

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