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Your Undergraduate Dissertation

Your Undergraduate Dissertation
The Essential Guide for Success

Second Edition
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September 2013 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In the second edition of this best-selling guide, Nicholas Walliman provides expert, step-by-step advice on managing and developing a successful undergraduate project.  

This book takes you through each stage of your dissertation, answering questions including:

  • How do I choose an appropriate topic for my dissertation?
  • How do I write a research proposal?
  • What's a literature review, how do I conduct it and how do I write it up?
  • How can I ensure I'm an ethical researcher?
  • What methods of data collection are appropriate for my research question?
  • Once I have collected my data, what do I do?
  • What's the best structure for my dissertation?

Full of examples from real student projects, interdisciplinary case studies and illustrated with cartoons to make you smile along the way, this book will tell you all you need to know to write a brilliant dissertation.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

What's It All For?
What Types of Studies are Suitable for a Dissertation?
What Will It Be About?
How Do I Get Started?
What's All This about Philosophy?
How Do I Write a Proposal?
What About Working and Planning My Time?
How Can I Find and Review the Literature?
How Can I Manage All the Notes?
What's All This about Ethics?
What Sorts of Data Will I Find?
How Do I Collect Data?
How Do I Analyse Quantitative Data?
How Do I Analyse Qualitative Data?
Why Do I Need Arguments?
How Can I Manage Such a Long Piece of Writing?
What About Referencing?
How Can I Make My Work Look Interesting and Easy to Read?
Who Else Might Be Interested in My Writing?


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'This book is one of the most helpful I have seen in terms of helping undergraduate students understand the methods and principles involved in carrying out research for the final dissertation which many degree courses require. In essence it is a complete guide, covering every aspect of the process, outlining each step from selecting a theme to final writing and submission' - ESCalate

'This is a refreshing and inspiring book, of equal value to both the anxious and the ambitious student'

Lucinda Becker
Department for English Literature, University of Reading

Your Undergraduate Dissertation: The Essential Guide for Success under the series of SAGE Study Skills is a really successful tool specifically designed to guide students in writing their dissertations...Overall, this is a comprehensive book that achieves its aims of guiding students in writing their dissertations successfully. It is 'full of lucid explanations, practical tips' and gives students the opportunity to implement what they have learnt. It is true that SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Thank you, Nicholas, for this special gift. It is indeed a great book!     

Tawanda Nhire Nelson António, Colégio Santo Tomás de Aquino (COSTA), Maputo, Mozambique
Professional and Academic English

An excellent resource for any research project

Mrs Mary Clark
Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Plymouth
March 9, 2016

Very useful for students undertaking their disseratation. A good section on the literature review and process of putting a disseertation together.

Miss Sue Lillyman
Institute of Health, Social Care and Psychology, Worcester University
October 29, 2015

Solid text, well suited to help our undergraduation students in construction.

Mr Pieter De Wilde
School of Architecture & Design, University of Plymouth
September 4, 2015

An excellent companion for final year undergraduates.

Mr Iqbal Ullah
Business, Management & Professional HE, Loughborough College
July 6, 2015

Recommended read which outlines both the practice and context of undergraduate dissertation projects.

Miss Gillian Dickinson
School of Business, Law and Criminology, Blackburn College
October 26, 2015

an ideal guide for students completing their dissertation.

Mrs Diane Julie Forrester
Community Studies, Truro College
July 23, 2015

I highly recommend this book to other researchers. It gives you an opportunity to show how well informed you are, how well organised you can be and how you can make a clear presentation of your work for effective communication.

Mrs Mpho Mbeo
Business Administration , Central University of Technology
April 8, 2015