Dissertations can be the most rewarding, and for some the most stressful, part of any undergraduate degree course, providing the opportunity for students to pursue a chosen subject in some depth, developing their expertise. The dissertation offers many challenges to those seeking to do it well and this guide is the perfect book for those seeking to succeed with their dissertation.

Judith Burnett helps students to rise to this challenge, making the most of the opportunities which a dissertation offers and overcoming the obstacles to successful completion. This book takes students through the process of doing a dissertation from turning the raw ideas into a research question, designing the research project, choosing appropriate methods, developing a research proposal, planning and executing the project, working with data, writing up, and preparing the work for presentation.

Doing A Dissertation in the Social Sciences is an invaluable guide to avoiding the pitfalls and making the most of the opportunities offered by the dissertation. It ought to be compulsory reading for undergraduate students in any social science discipline.

Introduction: Why do a Dissertation in the Social Sciences

Introduction: Why do a dissertation in the social sciences


Why do a dissertation?

To have or to be? Your dissertation experience

What does the dissertation mean to you?

  • The love of learning
  • Career moves
  • Broadening your horizons

The benefits of research for undergraduates

How to use this book

  • An overview of the book
  • Boxes, tables, figures
  • Tasks
  • Chapter structures
  • Overviews
  • Summaries
  • Discussion points
  • Further Reading

Doing a dissertation in the social sciences can be a rewarding end to your degree, rounding off studies with the opportunity to explore more or less anything you want to. A dissertation is all your own work. From the original idea to the final product which is an independently conducted, fresh piece of inquiry, it will be you, and you alone, who will ultimately make all the creative, ...

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