Writing a thesis/dissertation

Writing a thesis or dissertation is a lengthy undertaking. You will spend hours drafting, rewriting and polishing. We have gathered several resources here to help you complete some of those tasks.

As you write, keep in mind you are writing for a reader with certain expectations. Knowing what the examiner expects, before you start writing, will help you decide what and how to write.   

It's very important to talk to your supervisor early on about their expectations, and their perceptions of what examiners expect.   

You can also read some of the recent research on what examiners are looking for. For example, Golding (2017) provides a useful summary of examiners’ expectations.  

We have detailed advice for how to approach the writing of your research proposal, writing a literature review and the structure for your thesis or dissertation



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