Dissertation Writing

What Is a Dissertation?

A dissertation is an extended piece of writing of between ten and twenty thousand words on a topic set by a department or one chosen by the student him or herself.

Dissertations answer a particular research question and can either report on an empirical study or on a literature-based study.

What Is a Dissertation?

A dissertation or thesis is a long piece of academic writing based on original research, submitted as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.

The structure of a dissertation depends on your field, but it is usually divided into at least four or five chapters (including an introduction and conclusion chapter).


How To Structure A Dissertation

This guide has practical advise on how to start and the process for writing your dissertation broken down into the following steps:

  • First thoughts
  • Early stages
  • Planning and structure
  • Starting to write
  • Keeping going
  • Rewriting and revising
  • Using feedback
  • Style
  • Editing and finishing
  • Further resources
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How I Wrote A First Class Dissertation

Rosie Crawford, Oxford University social science graduate explains how she wrote her dissertation, which eared her a score of 75/100 an a nomination for a Quaternary Research Association undergraduate dissertation prize! 
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How I Wrote My Dissertation In Two Weeks

Grace Beverley explains how she wrote her dissertation in two weeks and shares her tips and tricks.
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