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'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
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.
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Paul Oliver is an academic writer and researcher. He has either authored or edited 19 books in the areas of Research Methods, Education, Philosophy and Religion. He has had books translated into seven languages. For many years a lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, he was course leader there for the Doctor of Education programme. He has wide experience of both supervising and examining master's and doctoral theses.
PART ONE: THE PROCESS OF ACADEMIC WRITING 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 PART TWO: WRITING YOUR THESIS The Preliminary Pages And The Introduction The Literature Review General Issues Concerning The Literature Review Online Literature Searching Methodology The Data Analysis Chapters The Conclusion Completing The Thesis Publishing Findings During Preparation Of The Thesis The Oral Examination