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.



I found some participants and they gave their consent; but when I got home X's mother contacted me explaining that her daughter no longer wants to take part.

This is tricky in the sense that a different adult is informing you of the research participant's decision not to participate. It is reasonable to ask to speak with the participant, if only to see what the problem is. You will need to accept the decision with good grace. Note that they are not obliged to provide an explanation.

I am not sure how much data to collect or how long to collect it for.

This is a common issue. It is easier to judge with quantitative datasets and sample sizes than with qualitative sets. You should aim for ...

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