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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.

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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Good additional text book that assists students in a structured and achievable way through their dissertation.

Mr Martin Murchie
School of Health & Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University
February 7, 2020


Mr Gus Lee
Education Department (Trinity Road), Bradford College
February 11, 2015

Very informative text.
Ideal for this module

Faculty of Health & Social Care, London South Bank University
February 2, 2015

This book is essential reading for masters students doing their dissertation. It is clearly laid out, and gives students a good idea of what a masters level dissertation involves. However, it is also good at making that level of work appear very accessible. For many of our students this is their first piece of independent research, and this book is an excellent resource to accompany them on that journey.

The text takes the student from the very beginning of the project (thinking about where a masters dissertation might fit in their life, and what topic to choose) right through to the end where it helps to think through what the narrative argument will be, and how to shape the whole piece into a coherent whole. The diagrams are helpful, and very useful in teaching.

The book has been particularly useful when accompanied by an engaged teaching practice. For many of our students, who are engaging in politicised research, this text holds words of caution, but alongside the encouragement and support of their tutors, it does not put them off engaging in important political enquiry.

Dr Fenella Porter
Department of Labour Studies, Ruskin College Oxford
December 17, 2014

A very comprehensive and yet accessible guide for students. It is a practical book that helps to break the enormous task into achievable chunks.

Miss Alison Woolf
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
June 18, 2014

Good overview of all areas, easy to read and follow. Highly recommend as additional text.

Mr Daniel Kay
Computing & Information Systems Dept, Edge Hill University
November 29, 2013

I will reccomend this as a resource for Masters student about to embark upon their dissertations to enable them to get a good organised start.

Mr David Foreman
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
August 8, 2013

An excellent book for students to understand the basics of what is required of their Masters Dissertation. Very useful and clear.

Miss Madeleine Morgan
Academic Support Office, York University
May 3, 2013

Essential read for those doing their Masters dissertation

Mrs Jayne Daly
Faculty of Buisness Law and Education, Staffordshire University
April 16, 2013

It does the job and does it well!

Dr Amini Kamete
Department of Urban Studies, Glasgow University
November 6, 2012

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