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Succeeding with Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Handbook [Paperback]

John Biggam
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1 Mar 2011 0335242251 978-0335242252 2
"I found this book indispensable and consulted it pretty much on a daily basis throughout the whole process of planning and writing my dissertation. By following the book from beginning to end I was able to hand-in a piece of work that I was both proud of and confident would meet Masters standards." Lee Pimlott, Masters Student, University of Derby, UK

Amazon reviews for the 1st edition:

"The ONE book you need to guide you through writing your master's thesis. It ensures you 'tick all the boxes' necessary for a good result. I especially liked the 'common mistake by students' in each section."

"The book provides structure, clarity, time management and advice on content for your dissertation. I am delighted to say I passed my Master's with a distinction and owe a lot to the guidance provided by this book."

This popular book continues to demystify the dissertation writing process. Taking a step-by-step approach to the dissertation life cycle and highlighting examples of good and bad practice and the common mistakes that students often make, the book provides clear guidance on how to gain marks, as well as how to avoid losing them.

From your initial research proposal to your final submission, you will find this book an indispensible guide. This new edition offers:

  • Additional advice on mind-mapping, note taking and speed reading techniques, as well as time management and how to make the most of your supervisor
  • More information on research methods
  • A new chapter 'Systematic Reviews'
Succeeding with Your Master's Dissertation is essential reading for all students tackling dissertations on Master's courses or on short postgraduate courses, the social sciences, business and humanities. The book is also key reading for supervisors and undergraduates considering postgraduate study.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Open University Press; 2 edition (1 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0335242251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0335242252
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr John Biggam is a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has an international reputation in teaching and learning. He is also a Union Learning Representative, the first in Scotland for the University and College Union (UCU).

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4.0 out of 5 stars a must-have for any MSc student 20 Jun 2011
By L. Wing
This book provides a comprehensive overview of how you should think about approaching your dissertation, including suggested structure and useful tips on what to do (and what not to do!). I'm an MSc student on the final stage of the course where the scary bit is actually writing the dissertation and this has provided me with a guide, and confidence boost in what I am doing. As long as you dont rely solely on the book and mix in some commonsense, your initiative, and your marking criteria or student handbook I cant see how you could go wrong! This gave me an addition to my supervisor and answered a lot of the fiddly questions, leaving supervision time for the big stuff! A must buy for any MSc student, particularly those lacking that lil bit of self-confidence on your self-initiated independent research project. Good luck!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Darren
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If you have ever wondered what your supervisor meant by engaging with the literature, that your proposal lacked focus, that you haven't defined your objectives, or critically evaluated your data collection methods, then this is seriously the book for you. I have absolutely no doubt that I would have wasted lots of time and effort and got poor feedback and marks on my dissertation, had I not used this book. The examples in the appendices are excellent for structuring your own dissertation,and help with understanding the theory explained in the chapters. Like other reviewers, I cannot believe this book isn't on all dissertation reading lists. Simple - buy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book got me my distinction! 27 Sep 2012
By Gemma
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I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone undergoing a master's dissertation. Although the examples are on a different subject to what I was studying, I still found this book a life saver. It tells you exactly what must go into each chapter, and how to make your writing sound more sophisticated. It surprised me how much information was even required just for the introduction and I believe the extra help this book provided enabled me to gain distinction grade for my master's dissertation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Succeeding with your masters dissertation 9 Jun 2012
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A great and in-depth book that guides you very well through the motions of doing your Masters dissertation. It breaks down very well the expectations of each stage as well as the structure, contents and techniques of what to do and how to do it. For me it fills in all the gaps that you are not specifically taught or explained by your supervisors and university. Highly recommended. Succeeding with Your Master's Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Handbook
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for masters students 17 July 2011
By wygem
I don't normally have the time to write reviews but this book is a must for anyone struggling with writing their dissertation. Like many other reveiwers I wish I had found it earlier and wonder why universities don't make all masters students aware from the outset that this book exists.

I haven't read it all yet but already it makes so much sense. It sets out the logical steps to take in a clear and informative manner and I can't recommend this book highly enough. Previously I spent time searching the internet looking for help only to realise that this was not the answer. Don't waste your time - just get this book instead! The guidance has allowed me to focus on what I really need to do to create a good dissertation and given me the confidence to realise that I am capable of it too!

Thank you John Biggam :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to master your Master's 17 Nov 2012
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I have found this book to be most helpful. I am studying a master's level PGC in law and I find this book to be of great value to me. It covers things I had never thought of.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book on dissertation 3 Oct 2012
By mihow
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Do yourself a favour and purchase this book.
It it far the best, easy to read and good flowing book that i have ever read on dissertation.
It is far better than: business research methods by bell and bryman
Must have for all that are concerned about their dissertation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 29 July 2012
Very useful refresher if you haven't written a thesis in a while, plus great examples! I would recommend anyone doing a masters to buy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to buy
It's such a great help for me! Easy to understand ! A bible for MA students. U won't regret buying it.
Published 2 days ago by Shao-Wen Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved me
Fantastic book full of extremely useful things, really easy to read yet very detailed, love the collection of useful verbs! It's my dissertation bible!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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Thank you!! The book came like promised. It was in good condition and no complaints. I didn't not finish reading the book yet but hopefully it is helpful.
Published 1 month ago by Julia A Bojko
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
The dissertation in a Masters degree is always scarey. I have produced my proposal and this book is very useful.
Published 2 months ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars MA guidance
Checked out the sample of this book on my Kindle then ordered the full copy. Not disappointed. Much preface a paper copy whe studying and have a few pages through the book with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alison.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever
Bought this for a friend because, even though I finished my masters over a year ago, I'm not parting with mine. My supervisor was rubbish. This book got me my first...
Published 4 months ago by CharleyN
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise
This is a great book, which explains in clear unfussy and accessible language how to plan and execute the research and produce a Master's level dissertation
Published 5 months ago by Mr. A. Q. Kopp
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
As a mature student studying at distance, I felt somewhat at sea embarking upon on a MA dissertation. After reading other dissertation guides, this book was a God-send. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C Webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Good guild to the writting of a Thesis
Was easy to use and gave me input on several areas of the Thesis I had overlooked
Published 5 months ago by Michael Pender
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Highly recommended - especially for mature students.
I've recently gone back to Uni to undertake an MSc. It's been 20 years since I last wrote a dissertation, and I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the task. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heather Richardson
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