I think my main lit review was about 25k-30k and the whole thesis was about 80k
However I think that this is probably quite long for a biological science (I know lots of folk probably do it at this length) but in my experience they are more likely 60-70K and about 200-250 pages that kind of thing.
They are really quite individual and the main thing is to tailor it to your own needs - it may help to look at some of your sups previous PhD thesis' that should give you a rough idea of length and style
yeah, it's looking like around 10,000 according to the powers that be. Unless I was proposing a whole new way of doing things, in which case it would need to be more. As it is, I'm using established methods within an existing theoretical framework, so one chapter, 10,000.
I'm wondering about this too, most of my material will come from books, jourmals, gov webistes etc. and there is going to be a lot of analysis of same so my problem is where does the lit review end and the rest of the thing begin . I have one samll bit of research which will invole questionnaires, simply because there is a need to prove my initial scene setting is justified, before I launch into the rest. The problem is there has been very little research done in my area, and what is more some of the stuff that has been done has major flaws that are only obvious if viewed alongside the points I will be making later. (for example one report suggests that most people in the area are ex military - the sample was very small and the sampling was unconventional - whereas I never had anyone from any of my various sources over the years from this background) so there isn't much literature to review and if I review it here, what goes in the other chapters?
I'm surprised at that. I was told that the chapter plan can take basically any form that suits the project. Of course there has to be a lit review somewhere somehow - but not as a dedicated chapter. I hope my external agrees with my supervisor about this!
I'm in soc.sci.& wrote a first draft that was about 9500 wrds. I was told to aim for 10-15,000. Doing the corrections and making it into the second draft is so painful, I haven't been able to do that for a while (was busy with other things). writing is so hard to start sometimes better get a start
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