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This new edition is designed to help postgraduate and research students with the process, preparation, writing and examination of their theses. Many students are able to design their programme of research and to collect the data, but they can find it more difficult to transform their data into a thesis.



Using his extensive experience as a successful thesis supervisor, the author outlines: the purpose of the thesis and what it should achieve; strategies for organizing your work as you write your thesis; how to the incorporate a theoretical perspective; sound techniques of academic writing; how to benefit from your supervisors' experience; what to do about publishing preliminary findings; and tips on preparing for the oral examination.



This updated edition contains additional material on the writing of shorter doctoral theses; writing about ethical issues; presenting qualitative data, and developing strategies for an oral examination.



The book is essential reading for students who are completing theses on 'taught' Masters programmes, M.Phil. and Ph.D. students and for those working on the newer 'taught' doctoral programmes.
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Editorial Reviews

Professor Goeffrey Elliott
'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.'
Dr Scott Buckler
'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.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412946896
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/14/2008
  • Series: SAGE Study Skills Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 The Process of Academic Writing 1
1 The research thesis 3
2 The intellectual content of the thesis 20
3 Organizing your work 36
4 The role of the supervisor 49
5 Grammar, punctuation and conventions of academic writing 63
6 Layout of the thesis 80
Pt. 2 Writing Your Thesis 91
7 The preliminary pages and the introduction 93
8 The literature review 106
9 Methodology 120
10 The data analysis chapters 140
11 The conclusion 151
12 Completing the thesis 162
13 Publishing findings during preparation of the thesis 172
14 The oral examination 180
References 191
Index 195
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