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This article explores the extent to which published advice on the organisation and structure of theses and dissertations concurs with what happens in actual practice. The study examines guides and handbooks which focus on thesis and dissertation writing and postgraduate research. The sample texts examined were master’s and doctoral theses written in a number of different study areas at a major research university. The study found that only a few of the books examined devoted a substantial amount of space to this topic. It also found a wider range of thesis types than the guides and handbooks would suggest occurs. The study identified four main kinds of thesis: ‘traditional: simple’, ‘traditional: complex’, ‘topic-based’ and ‘compilations of research articles’. The article argues for teaching materials which show students the range of thesis options they might have, highlight the kind of variation that occurs in actual texts, and consider the rationale for the various choices they might make.
Below you can find downloadable tutorials related to dissertation writing. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences guidelines and submission checklist can be found in the Bulletin.
Writing a dissertation can be a daunting task, but you don’t have to go through it alone! The Graduate Writing Lab offers advice and resources across all disciplines (Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences) so that you can get the help you need to finish your dissertation.