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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 WorcesterBased on his extensive experience as a successful thesis supervisor, Paul Oliver shows you how to turn your notes and data into a finished thesis or dissertation.Fully up-to-date ...

The Research Thesis
The Research Thesis

In this chapter you will learn about the different forms which a research thesis can take, and explore the criteria which help to distinguish a master’s from a doctoral thesis. We look at the broad characteristics of academic writing, along with some of the features which characterize a well-written thesis. We also examine the formal university procedures and requirements for academic theses.

Study Strategies
  • Visit a university library, and select several examples of the type of thesis you intend to write.
  • Read the titles. Do they give an unambiguous indication of the nature of the thesis?
  • Read the abstracts. Do they provide a clear summary of the thesis?
  • Locate the aims of the thesis. (You may find these near the end of the ...
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