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Essential Networking when Writing a Dissertation

It’s a good idea to have the contact details of the people in this list very handy when you’re writing your dissertation so you can call on them to help you out when necessary. [more…]

Settling on Your Dissertation Research Question

Settling on a research question might take some time, and you may find that you refine it slightly as you begin researching. A workable question should: [more…]

Organising Your Working Methods while Writing a Dissertation

Different working patterns work for different people. You need to find the balance that’s right for you while writing your dissertation. It’s a good idea to make sure you are: [more…]

Optimising Your Dissertation Writing

The quality and clarity of your writing has a significant impact on how your dissertation is marked. Make sure that it packs a punch, and reflects the hard work you’ve put into your project. Here are some [more…]

Writing a Dissertation For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Writing a dissertation shouldn’t mean panicking. If you plan ahead and know how to structure your work, you’ll achieve fantastic results. And guess what? You might even enjoy yourself; writing a dissertation [more…]

Survive University by Having Good Study Skills

A very exciting phase in your life is about to start – new teachers, new classmates and new things to study. If you’re away from home for the first time, you need to work out new strategies to get yourself [more…]

How to Write a Dissertation

A dissertation is just an important sounding name for a long essay – based on your own research. Writing a dissertation is an exciting, challenging, rewarding and often wonderful experience. At the same [more…]

Audit Your Dissertation Research Skills

Before you make any decisions about the content of your dissertation, take a good look at your own strengths and weaknesses in the “art” of research. UK research councils have produced guidelines for postgraduate [more…]

Common Pitfalls in Your Dissertation Conclusion

When it comes to writing up your conclusions there are three main types of conclusions to steer clear off at all costs – ‘long and bad’ – ‘short and bad’ – ‘bad and fantastic'. The ‘long and bad’ conclusion [more…]

Manage Your Dissertation Writing and Research Time

Writing a dissertation is likely to be the biggest piece of work you’re going to tackle on your university course. To do your dissertation justice means spending a lot of your time and energy on your dissertation [more…]

How to Create Your Dissertation Outline

Outlining your dissertation involves two main aspects: a practical list of what you need to do and a sketch of what you want to say.

First, there is a list of 31 items that you can use as the basis of your [more…]

How to Plan Your Dissertation Proposal

Having to write a dissertation proposal depends upon the university or institution that you’re attending. Even if a dissertation proposal isn’t a requirement, however, it’s a very useful exercise [more…]

Different Types of Dissertation

In writing your dissertation, you’re likely to be taking a practical or a theoretical approach, even though both practical and theoretical considerations are of the utmost importance in social science [more…]

Making the Most of Dissertation Supervisions

A dissertation supervisor’s time is usually quite limited and so you need to get the best out of the precious time you have with your supervisor. Try to think about what you can do before, during and after [more…]

Working with Your Dissertation Supervisor

The role of the dissertation supervisor is to guide you through the process of your research project. Your supervisor may or may not have taught you before, but what’s certain is that she’s done a dissertation [more…]

How to Present Dissertation Arguments

Many different ways exist to argue in a dissertation and what you choose to do depends on your research question, your field, and the available literature, amongst other things. However, some elements [more…]

Main Parts of Your Dissertation

Most dissertations follow the same basic structure and are made up of five parts: an abstract, introduction, methods and discussion, conclusions and references. Although the exact detail of each part can [more…]

What Not to Do on Your Dissertation

When writing your dissertation, avoiding the following pitfalls will go a long way to help you enjoy a much smoother ride on your journey – and is a sure way of improving your chances of getting a good [more…]

Dissertation Writer’s Block

Nothing seems worse than having that cursor flashing at you in the top left-hand corner of a blank screen – it almost seems as if the cursor’s mocking you! Anyone who’s ever written anything substantial [more…]

Dissertation Ethics in a Nutshell

Social science studies (including your dissertation), are about individuals, communities and societies. Even though you’re not carrying out a case study, questionnaire or interview when doing your research [more…]

Interviewing People for Your Dissertation Research

A great way of getting the data you need for your dissertation research question is by interviewing people. You can approach interviewing in a number of ways; the methods you choose depend on what you’re [more…]

Display or Graph Your Dissertation Data

Whether your data is quantitative or qualitative you need to present your data in a way that can be easily understood by the examiner. While you’re initially surveying your collection of data, it may not [more…]

Build Your Dissertation Conclusion

Your supervisor isn’t likely to have a preconceived view about the conclusions he’s expecting you to draw. In actual fact, the conclusion itself is less important than showing that you’ve used the requisite [more…]

Finalising Your Dissertation Research Question

After thinking through your philosophical standpoint and the kinds of data you’re going to need for your dissertation, you should have a clear understanding of what your research question involves. Your [more…]

Dissertation Online Research Tips and Traps

The Internet is both the best and the worst resource available to you for researching your dissertation. What’s great about the Internet is the incredible array of information. What’s worst about the Internet [more…]


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