Next steps in your Dissertation:

Read and /or print off and highlight/take notes etc from the important document:

Masters Student Guide to Assignments and Dissertation

This is a live link – it is available to you at any time via the Intranet

This is a VERY important guide to help you to be successful.

BEFORE our next meeting you need to have read through this document.

BEFORE our next meeting you need to email me 500-1000 words of your DRAFT Literature Review.

To do this: 

  • Read the advice in the document above.


  • Read your Literature – make notes – think about APA – think about your note taking technique so that you can find the work you need.



  • Use the words from your Dissertation Proposal Form.


  • Read your Literature (if you need advice contact Tony Wilson in the Library).



  • The Literature section is written to ‘guide the reader’ through your Dissertation.


  • Think of a ‘funnel’ – your Literature Review starts with broad, important key concepts and then gets more specific in terms of the research you are planning to engage with.



  • As you read the research and the literature – take notes if you come across a questionnaire or interview questions that may be useful for us to think about for YOUR study.



Two important sections taken from the Student Guide:



Likely focus Approximate %
of total word
Approximate word
length for a 12,000


YOUR Dissertation
Abstract Topic, methods & results n/a 200 – 300 Leave until later
Chapter 1 Introduction 8% 1,000 Write this at the end
Chapter 2 Context/literature review 21% 2,500 NOW- This is what we are focusing on
Chapter 3 Methodology 17% 2,000 Later
Chapter 4 Results and analysis 25% 3,000 Later
Chapter 5 Discussion 21% 2,500 Later
Chapter 6 Conclusion 8% 1,000 Later





Chapter 2: Context/literature review

This should outline the findings and/or issues raised by other writings relevant to putting your study in its context. It should also consider any relevant contextual information concerning the context in which the research was conducted. Note the word ‘relevant’; only discuss studies that help your research question(s). Do not just summarise (or list) all the work you know of, for example, language teaching methods. In some cases, you can use the literature survey to help you identify useful research questions. In this case, you end the chapter by listing them.