Your tutor will recommend some relevant texts via your reading list. Bear in mind that you may need to consult a few general texts advising on dissertation writing and research methods, then some specific texts according to the methods you wish to use, such as how to write and administer questionnaires, focus groups etc. Some examples are shown below, but there are many more titles available - search the library catalogue for full details.


Writing a Dissertation

Cottrell, S. (2011) Critical thinking skills: developing effective analysis and argument. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cottrell, S. (2012) The study skills handbook.3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Paltridge, B. and Starfield, S. (2007) Thesis and dissertation writing in a second language: a handbook for supervisors. London: Routledge.

Swetnam, D. (2005) Writing your dissertation. Oxford: How to books. 

Walliman, N. S. R. (2004) Your undergraduate dissertation: the essential guide for success. London: SAGE.

White, B. (2006) Writing your MBA dissertation. London: Thomson learning.

Winstanley, C. (2009) Writing a dissertation for dummies. Chichester: Wiley.


Research Methods

Bell, J. (2010) Doing your research project: a guide to first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 5th ed. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Blaxter, L., Tight, M. and Hughes, C. (2010) How to research,  4th ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press.  

Burton, N. (2008) Doing your education research project. London: SAGE. 

Creswell, J. W, and Plano Clark, V. L. (2008) The mixed methods reader. London: Sage. 

Crowther, D. and Lancaster, G. (2009) Research methods in management. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.

Davies, M. B (2007) Doing a successful research project: using qualitative or quantitative methods. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dawson, C. (2009) Introduction to research methods: a practical guide for anyone undertaking a research project. London: How to Books.

Denscombe, M. (2010) The good research guide. 4th ed. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Gray, D. E. (2009) Doing research in the real world. 2nd ed. London: SAGE.

Kumar, R. (2011) Research methodology: a step-by-step guide for beginners.  3rd. ed. London: Sage.

O'Leary, Z. (2010) The essential guide to doing your research project. London: SAGE. 

Robson, C. (2011) Real world research: a resource for users of social research methods in applied settings. 3rd ed. Chichester: Wiley. 


Texts for Specific Subjects

Bowling, A. (2009) Research methods in health: investigating health and health services. 3rd ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Open University Press. 

Bradford, S. and Cullen, F. (2012) Research and research methods for youth practitioners. London: Routledge.

Breach, M. (2009) Dissertation writing for engineers and scientists. Harlow: Pearson. 

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business research methods. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Casey D., Clark, L. and Hayes, S. (2011) Study skills for masters level students: a workbook for students of health and social care. Exeter: Reflect Press Ltd.

Dawson, C. (2005) Projects on computing and information systems: a student's guide. Harlow: Addison-Wesley.

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Jackson, P. R. (2012) Management research. 4th ed. London: Sage. 

Farrell, P. (2011) Writing a built environment dissertation: practical guidance and examples. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.   

Grenby, M. O. and Reynolds, K. (2011) Children's literature studies: a research handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Griffin, G. (2005) Research methods for English studies. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Lancaster, G. A. (2009) Research methods in management: a concise introduction to research in management and business consultancy. 2nd ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann. 

Malhotra, N. K. (2009) Marketing research: an applied orientation. 6th Global ed. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Naoum, S. (2007) Dissertation research and writing for construction students. London: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Richards, G. and Munsters, W. (2010) Cultural tourism research methods. London: CABI. 

Roberts-Holmes, G. (2011) Doing your early years research project: a step by step guide. 2nd ed. London: SAGE.

Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2012) Research methods for business students. 6th ed. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.

Veal, A. J. (2011) Research methods for leisure and tourism: a practical guide. 4rd ed. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall. 

Weirich, T. R. and Reinstein, A. (2005) Accounting and auditing research. 6th ed. Mason, Ohio: Thomson/South-Western.



Gillham, W. (2000) The research interview. London: Continuum.

Kvale, S. (2009) Interviews: learning the craft of qualitative research interviewing.  London: SAGE.



Brace, I. (2004) Questionnaire design: how to plan, structure and write survey material for effective market research. London: Kogan Page. 

Gillham W. (2008) Developing a questionnaire. 2nd ed. London: Continuum. 

Munn, P. and Drever, E. (2004) Using questionnaires in small-scale research: a beginner's guide.  Glasgow: SCRE Centre, University of Glasgow. 

Presser, S. (ed). (2004) Methods for testing and evaluating survey questionnaires. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley. 

Sue, V.M and Ritter, L.A. (2007) Conducting online surveys.  Los Angeles, Calif. : SAGE.


Qualitative Research

Angrosino, M. (2007) Doing ethnographic and observational research. London: SAGE. 

Fetterman, D. M. (2010) Ethnography: step-by-step. Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage.

Flick, U. (2006) An introduction to qualitative research. London: SAGE.   

Judith M. (2002) Writing the qualitative dissertation : understanding by doing.  London: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Marshall, C. and Rossman, G.B. (2006) Designing qualitative research. London : SAGE. 

McIntyre, A. (2008) Participatory action research.  London : SAGE.

Norman, K. and Denzin, Y. S. (eds.) (2008) Strategies of qualitative inquiry. Lincoln. London: SAGE. 

Silverman, D. (2010) Doing qualitative research. London: SAGE.


Quantitative Research

Lucey, T. (2003) Quantitative techniques. 6th ed. London: Thomson.

Punch, K. F. (2005) Introduction to social research: quantitative and qualitative approaches. London: SAGE. 

Swift, L. (2001) Quantitative methods for business, management and finance. Basingstoke: Palgrave.


Focus Groups

Barbour, R. (2007) Doing focus groups. London: SAGE.  

Stewart, D. W. (2006) Focus groups: theory and practice. London: SAGE. 

Litosseliti, L. (2003) Using focus groups in research. London: Continuum. 


Data Analysis

Bradley, T. (2007) Essential statistics for economics, business and management. London: John Wiley & Sons.

Francis, A. (2004) Business mathematics and statistics. 6th ed. London: Thomson Learning.

Sarantakos, S. (2007) A toolkit for quantitative data analysis : using SPSS. Basingstoke, UK : Palgrave Macmillan.

Sweet, S. A, and Grace-Martin, K. (2012) Data analysis with SPSS: a first course in applied statistics. 4th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Tabachnick, B. G. and Fidell, L. S. (2006) Using multivariate statistics. 5th ed. London: Allyn & Bacon.

Taylor, S. (2001) Business statistics. Basingstoke: Palgrave.