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Writing Your Thesis

Writing Your Thesis

Third Edition
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September 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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A valuable resource for new students and academics alike embarking on their doctorate learning journey. The use of example boxes and summaries throughout aids the overall understanding of the main content.

Mr Ian Jones
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
March 5, 2016

An essential guide, specifically for first time students embarking on a thesis.

Dr Samantha Leonard
Department of Development Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
June 8, 2015

I recommend this book to my third year students as it gives them an idea of structure when they are writing their dissertations. The chapters are concise with relevant easy to follow information. I have also used this book myself as I am studying for a doctorate and used it when teaching on the research module.

Mrs Julie Tweedlie
HCES, Northumbria University
May 13, 2015

An ideal companion to the study skills library

Mr Iain Stainton
Inst of Policing and Criminal Justice, University of Cumbria
April 13, 2015

This is a very clear book, invaluable to Doctoral students though less useful perhaps to Masters students.

Dr Bonnie Meekums
School of Healthcare, Leeds University
March 2, 2015

This is a very useful guiding tool for to help students at both masters and doctoral level. the chapters are well laid out with relevant information and I particularly like the emphasis given to the roles of the supervisor and student.

Dr Mary Casey
School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Dublin
January 19, 2015

This is a good book which will assist both Masters and doctoral students in the development of a thesis. There is a clear indication of the different requirements in the two qualifications.
The presentation is very logical and would be helpful to all students putting together a thesis

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
January 8, 2015

A very useful, helpful text that gives someone confidence and support for submission.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Newport School of Education, University of South Wales (Newport)
January 6, 2015

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

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