Archived Material (Dissertations)

This book takes you through all the elements needed for a successful dissertation proposal and dissertation. The book explains the sections required for both proposal and dissertation, and offers helpful downloadable templates to assist with the presentation.

Step 1: Dissertation proposals

Literature survey


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The Literature survey (also known as a  Literature Review):

  • uses a descriptive writing approach
  • describes the existing and established theory and research in your report area by providing a context for your work.
  • can show where you are filling a perceived gap in the existing theory or knowledge
  • can propose something that goes against or is controversial to existing ideas.
  • accurately references all sources mentioned in the survey and gives a full citation in the Reference List.

Remember:

Not every dissertation proposal contains a Literature survey.

Sometimes the literature survey can be a discrete piece of writing that is set and marked separately.

You can embed your literature survey in the main body of your dissertation but this depends on the preferences of your department or tutor.

Literature survey summary (PDF opens in new window)