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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2014
I can't remember who had recommended this book to me but someone did whilst I was doing my Counselling MSc in 2012. I think I would have been lost without this book.

It explains how the dissertation needs to be structured, how to keep it focused on its aims and objectives, and even how to get the most out of your relationship with your dissertation supervisor.

The book is set out in the order in which a dissertation should be, and so follows a very logical format. I told my fellow students about this book and those of us that bought it got really good marks.

Would definitely recommend :)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2012
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2011
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
I am currently writing my MSc dissertation and this book has helped me endlessly. I can see that it might not be a style that everyone gets on with, but for me it works perfectly. Having done an undergraduate degree that wasn't very academically focused, I struggled to find my way with my dissertation until I found this book.

It has quite a relaxed, conversational tone without being too waffley. The book takes you through each chapter of your project, even reference other books where you might need some more in depth information (for instance about your particularly research method).

The examples used throughout were not related at all to my subject but were still extremely helpful.

I've gone from being a panicking mess to actually productively getting on with it because of this book!

I really recommend it, particularly to those students how need more guidance (I'm completing my dissertation via distance learning.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2012
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2013
This book was recommended to me during the dissertation workshop in my college. I bought the book, stuck to the steps, didn't go to anymore workshops and my dissertation scored among the top five in class! (the college I went to is among world's top 2%) This book helped me so much, you have no idea. Every time I was lost - the book knew what to do. Loved it and I'm giving it 5 stars. It honestly kept me from going insane during that difficult time.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2012
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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