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.
- 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 ...