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In this book, the author moves beyond the
basics of thesis writing, introducing practical
writing techniques such as freewriting,
generative writing and binge writing. This
edition now deals with the range of different
doctorates on offer and integrates more
examples of thesis writing. Building on the
success of the evidence-based approach used
in the first edition, there is also new
coverage of Masters theses and undergraduate
research projects, along with outlines of
useful generic structures for social science
and humanities projects.

Rowena Murray is a Reader in the Department of Educational
and Professional Studies at the University of Strathclyde. She has
developed a Thesis Writing course, runs consultancies on Writing
for Publication, and has published books on many aspects of
academic writing. She is also the author of How to Survive your
Viva (Open University Press 2003) and Writing for Academic
Journals (Open University Press 2004).

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Praise for this edition:
“This book has filled a huge
gap in the market…Using
wonderful examples, this
book will not only help
students build up a writer's
‘toolbox’, but will also build
confidence and empower
thesis writers.”
PROFESSOR WILLIAM J. KERR,
Department of Pure and
Applied Chemistry, WestCHEM,
University of Strathclyde

Praise for the previous
edition:
“Rowena Murray's down to
earth approach both
recognises and relieves
some of the agony of
writing a PhD. The advice in
this book is both practical
and motivational;
sometimes it's ‘PhD-saving’
too.”
DR CHRISTINE SINCLAIR,
Lecturer in the Centre for
Academic Practice and
Learning Enhancement at the
University of Strathclyde

Murray

How to Write a Thesis is the most grounded
guide available to students on the
practicalities surrounding thesis writing and
should be recommended reading for, and by,
all supervisors.

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Write a Thesis

How to Write a Thesis provides a down-toearth guide to help students shape their
theses. It offers valuable advice as well as
practical tips and techniques, incorporating
useful boxed summaries and checklists to help
students stay on track or regain their way.
The book is the culmination of many years of
work with postgraduates and academics and
covers all aspects of the research, writing and
editing involved in the process of successfully
completing a thesis.

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