Doing Your Master's Dissertation
From Start to Finish
- Inger Furseth - KIFO Centre for Church Research, Norway
- Euris Larry Everett
Just starting your Master's? Worried about your dissertation? This book is an indispensible guide to writing a successful Master's dissertation. The book begins by addressing issues you'll face in the early stages of writing a dissertation, such as deciding on what to research, planning your project and searching for literature online. It then guides you through different aspects of carrying out your research and writing up, helping you to:
- Write a research proposal
- Choose one or more methods
- Write the introduction and conclusion
- Discuss the literature
- Analyse your findings
- Edit and reference
- Formulate research questions
- Build your argument
The book offers guidance that other books often miss, from dealing with emotional blocks, to ways of identifying your strengths and weaknesses, and improving your writing. It addresses the social aspects of the writing process, such as choosing and working with an advisor, using social media and forming student work groups for added help and inspiration. Each chapter ends with an action plan, which is a resource section that features exercises and reflection questions designed to help you apply what you've read to your own work.
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'From finding a research topic through the final write up, this clear guide takes the mystery out of graduate-level research. This book will help your project succeed'
-James V. Spickard, Professor of Sociology, University of Redlands, US
This text is actually what it says, from start to finish. From choosing your research topic all the way to the final piece, it gives clear direction and guidance through well-defined sections. A well-written text that any postgraduate would find helpful at any point through their research.
The book offers very clear instructions and advise with regard to academic writing and setting up a master's thesis. It is very readable, accessable. It points out important issues that might be easily overlooked.
This book is an invaluable study guide for Masters students. It provides pertinent support and guidance throughout the process of writing your dissertation. It is easily readable with summary sections and action plan points. Fully comprehensive, it starts with the basics, supported with examples to enable students to succeed at each step of the process.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It is a must have for every masters student and University library.
A detailed resource for students in exploring the complexities of a MA dissertation. Enables students to follow the journey from start to finish critically analysing the content.
Good option to guide students' through their dissertation.
An essential text for supporting the development of both undergraduate and postgraduate research skills critical to compiling valid and reliable research dissertation.
Useful as a reference guide
A good easy read to help with Masters level study.
This book is a well structured, easy to follow guide but more basic and less informative than Chris Hart's more comprehensive book on the same topic which is our recommended choice for this module.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Sample chapter - Help! How do I find a research topic?