Book praised for demystifying dissertation process

01 November 2011

Book praised for demystifying dissertation process

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The second edition of a book on dissertations by Dr John Biggam, of the Glasgow School for Business and Society, has attracted rave reviews from students.

Published by Open University Press MGraw-Hill Education ‘Succeeding with your Master’s Dissertation: A step-by-step handbook’ teaches students how to write a dissertation. It is already set reading in prestigious universities, including Imperial College London (where it was Book of the Month), the  University of Cambridge, Edinburgh University, University College London, and Manchester University.

The book demystifies the dissertation writing process, carefully taking students through the dissertation life cycle, from writing the Research Proposal to completing the Introduction, Literature Review, through to Conclusions and Recommendations, as well as explaining how to get marks (and lose them!) Other topics covered are: developing your i-skills, supervision, plagiarism, the viva, and research ethics.

A chapter on ‘Systematic Reviews’ is included in the second edition, to meet the needs of health-related faculties, where systematic reviews are often used in preference to the traditional literature review.

Although the book was primarily written for MSc students, it is also widely used by undergraduate students, given the generic nature of the topics under discussion.