chapter  12
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Writing the thesis

ByPETER STEANE, SUZAN BURTON

The prospect of writing a thesis of 80,000 words or more can seem daunting to a research student. Writing any document of such length requires substantial planning, skill and time, and academic writing has particular conventions that present additional challenges, even to experienced writers. In addition, examiners will expect a thesis to conform to certain style conventions and particular standards of prose, structure and coherence. If your thesis falls down in its writing style, an examiner may think that you haven’t put in the necessary work in other areas, and may judge your work more harshly. In this chapter we will discuss some of the particular requirements of thesis writing, guidelines for good writing, and strategies to assist you in producing a well written, well structured thesis in the most efficient way.