Dissertation Research and Writing
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The Dissertation Research and Writing is a 4 or 5-week course which aims to give students a clear idea of the process of writing a dissertation. The first half of the course will focus on developing a research proposal, while the second will centre around the actual writing of the dissertation.
Areas covered include:
- Dissertations vs essays
- Types of research
- Formulating titles
- Writing a research proposal
- Reviewing literature
- 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.
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.