As with many universities, at my school, your first year as a phd student is sort of like probation for the 27th of july, i must write an 8000-10,000 word literature review on my topic gulp now, i didn't do a masters, so my last piece of academic writing was my undergraduate dissertation in my fourth year. You might not keep to those word counts, but it gives you something to aim for [if you can keep to those word counts, more the better though it makes editing easier] start easy chapter 1: introduction chapter 2: methodology (or not, if you' re putting that somewhere else) chapter 3: lit review, and so on. The good news is that you have already started writing if you have written any of the following in relation to this study: a research proposal a literature review a report of any pilot studies that you need to check whether or not the appendices count within the word limit for your dissertation items that can usefully go in the. The word count of the literature review depends on the total word count of the dissertation but in general if a dissertation is of 15000 words then a literature review should of at-least 5000 words the divisions of words are usually on higher side when it comes to literature review because it is an important. With small-scale writing projects, the literature review is likely to be done just once probably before the writing begins with longer projects such as a dissertation for a masters degree, and certainly with a phd, the literature review process will be more extended there are three stages at which a review of the literature is.
Straight away you can see that i've spent most of my time on my literature review i've given that chapter an arbitrary target word count of 20,000 words i've written nearly half of that so far i often go to this overview of my thesis when i have an “i haven't done anything i'm so far behind” sort of day. Research proposals may vary in length, so it is important to check with the department(s) to which you are applying to check word limits and guidelines it is normal for students to refine their original proposal in light of detailed literature reviews, further consideration of research approaches and comments. What is a literature review students are often unsure of how to write a literature review this is usually because, unlike other stages of a thesis such as methods and results, they have never written a literature review before. 'a phd candidate who contemplates including published papers in his/her thesis must accept that approval to do so is not automatic the thesis must include a thorough and critical literature review that also succeeds in demonstrating acceptable academic style and scholarly content – as would be true of any phd thesis.
(note here that the 20,000 word literature review is a measurable output which will guide you in your final thesis production the final word count for a phd thesis is about 85,000 to 100,000 words and you have to plan your chapter writing outputs accordingly) ○ research method:- this section is logically derived from. It is the part that follows the introduction part of dissertation it is a super crucial part of the research paper as it hosts the entire analysis and several research papers it is the longest and second part of dissertation the following explain the required length of a dissertation literature review: word count basically the length of. Literature reviews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 what is a literature review choosing material searching for good material assessing the literature developing the literature is there a good enough sample of literature for the level (phd, master's word dissertation, up to 20 major pieces of work for 12-15,000 words, and so.
In these instances where the thesis is a substantial part, the relationship of introductory and critical text to edition should be approximately 1:2 (introduction being one-third of total word count) other exceptions to normal theses, as given below under phd theses, would apply, taking into account the shorter length of the. Model f shows the structure of a sample phd thesis (in planning and landscape ) and may be considered typical in some disciplines introduction (10% of words or space) literature review (20%) methodology (20%) results (20%) discussion (20%) conclusions and recommendations (10%) references appendices. Acknowledgments contents page 2 main text, 1 introduction 2 research question/statement of problem 3/4 literature review 5 methodology 6/7 results 8 and conclusion - all chapters should be the same length, and recommends between 8,000 and 12,000 words for each chapter in a phd thesis of 80,000 words.