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2.1.2 Characteristics of Outstanding Dissertations/Theses

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Phase 2:

BUILDING GOOD WRITING HABITS WITH A CLEAR MIND

Sample Theses & Dissertations

Are you looking for sample PhD proposals, dissertations or theses?  The best place to start is your own university library or graduate studies download centre as they will have models of recent work that will demonstrate the standards of the institution that you have to pass.

There are others linked here and other sheets in first section of Phase 1 had still more instructions on where to find others.  You need at least 5 models to work from - and they will guide how you think about this work, so choose wisely!  Get award winners when you can.

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Dissertations and Theses Included in Our Analysis of Outstanding, Award-Winning Work and Its Similarities and Differences From Those That Did Not Win Awards


The following are includes in Appendix E of: James, E. A. (2014). Writing your doctoral dissertation or thesis faster : A proven map to success (H. Salmon Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA, USA: Sage Publishing.

Akkerman, S., Admiraal, W., Brekelmans, M., & Oost, H. (2008). Auditing quality of research in social sciences. Quality & Quantity, 42(2), 257–274. Retrieved from 10.1007/s11135-006-9044-4.

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Sample Doctoral Thesis

As discussed on other pages on our site, distances in style and content frequently exist between proposals and final doctoral dissertations or theses. Many students we mentor have been confused by the change in future tense during the proposal (because you have not yet done the work) with the past tense of the final document. But other, and often more subtle, changes also exist.

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