Fully updated and packed with new material, the second edition of Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language is the ideal guide for non-native speaker students and their supervisors working on writing a thesis or dissertation in English.

Considering the purposes of thesis and dissertation of writing alongside writer/reader relationships, this book uses accessible language and practical examples to discuss issues that are crucial to successful thesis and dissertation writing. This edition offers:

  • Insights into the experience of being a doctoral writer, issues of writer identity, and writing with authority
  • Typical language and discourse features of theses and dissertations
  • Advice on the structure and organisation of key sections
  • Suggestions for online resources which support writing
  • Extracts from completed theses and dissertations
  • Guidance on understanding examiner expectations
  • Advice on publishing from a PhD

Suitable for students from all disciplines, Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language is essential reading for non-native speaker students looking to complete a thesis or dissertation in English.

chapter Chapter 1|11 pages


chapter Chapter 2|21 pages

Becoming a researcher in a global world

chapter Chapter 4|17 pages

Writing a research proposal

chapter Chapter 5|20 pages

The overall shape of theses and dissertations

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Writing the introduction

chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

Writing the background chapters

chapter Chapter 8|22 pages

Writing the methodology chapter

chapter Chapter 9|12 pages

Writing the results chapter

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages

Writing discussions and conclusions

chapter Chapter 11|9 pages

Writing the abstract and acknowledgements sections

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

Publishing from a thesis or dissertation

chapter Chapter 13|8 pages

Resources for thesis and dissertation writing