SOAS University of London

International Foundation Courses and English Language Studies

Dissertation Research and Writing

The Dissertation Research and Writing is a 4 week course which aims to give students a clear idea of the process of writing a dissertation. The course will focus on developing a research proposal, and look at the different elements of a dissertation including the literature review, methodology and discussion.

Areas covered include:
  • Dissertations vs essays- what's the difference
  • Types of research- primary and secondary
  • Formulating titles
  • Writing a research proposal
  • Reviewing literature
  • Deciding on methodology
  • The discussion section
  • Planning and structuring
  • Drafting and editing
  • Developing a bibliography

Scope and syllabus

This course should be useful for all postgraduate students following a taught programme. It is of particular use at the start of term 2 when students are asked to submit their dissertation proposal. It is also a course which may run later in term 3 after exams are finished.

Suggested reading

Murray, R. (2002) How to Write a Thesis. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Oliver, P (2004) Writing Your Thesis. London: Sage.

Rudestam, K. and Newton, R. (2001) Surviving your dissertation. (2nd ed) London: Sage.

Wisker, G. (2001) The Postgraduate Research Handbook.  Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan. 


Important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules