19 July 2008

Succeeding with your Masters Dissertation

Many students find the idea of writing a dissertation at postgraduate level a daunting prospect. And that's quite understandable. They will probably never before have had to produce a work of 10,000 to 15,000 words; they will be uncertain about its content; and they will almost certainly never have seen what a dissertation looks like. John Biggam's book is a guide to the entire process, from start to finish, and the most useful aspect of his approach is that he breaks the procedure down into separate steps and explains each of them in detail. He starts from what is often the most puzzling stage of all - defining the project. Many students know the topic which interests them most, but turning this into a proposal or a research task can be a long and frustrating process. It's easy to lose a lot of time changing your mind and pursuing ideas which shift amorphously the very moment you think you have pinned them down... Read more >>



skipper said...

One wonders why hew limited his advice merely to masters theses as it is surely all relevant to those doing doctorates as well...?

mantex said...


I think this is a case of 'niche marketing'. There are plenty of books available on PhD research skills - so I suppose he was trying to persuade the publisher that this one would have some special appeal.

Osse said...

very nice buddy .. yesterday i was looking for the same topic but i didn't find any thing .. but after reading this i am very happy because finally i got it :)
masters dissertation

Kelly Bernard said...

Writing academic paper can really be hard, especially at first when you don’t know anything about it. But, it would be good to read some sample thesis abstract that is related to your topic. That way, you can see how the other author wrote their paper to give an idea, and at the same time gather data and information that can be helpful for the paper.