Writing A Thesis – by Dr Frank Lewins

Writing A Thesis will be valuable for all students from a variety of disciplines facing the task of organising and writing a thesis. The paired terms ‘organising and writing’ are used deliberately to emphasise the point that the task of writing a thesis, even one of three hundred pages, is straightforward if you know you have something to say. ‘Organising’ refers to that difficult task of getting started and having a coherent view of why you are saying what you are saying. That is why this book refers to it being ‘an intellectual approach’ to thesis writing and to distinguish it from those books that adopt a mechanical approach.

Those in the latter category spend far too much time stressing the areas that students least need, such as ‘have a good filing system’, ‘ensure  good lighting over your desk’ and so on! Apart from its focus on the intellectual approach – the area students most need – Writing A Thesis will be valuable because it is brief and compact, cross disciplinary and contains numerous instructive diagrams.

Writing A Thesis



“The sixth edition of this book continues to set the standard for organising and writing a thesis in the social sciences. The book’s most important contribution is demonstrating the benefits of what Lewins terms an “intellectual approach” to writing. This recursive process begins with students firmly locating their theses in the broader context of the philosophy and sociology of science and comprehending the latent assumptions academics bring to their research. Lewins then provides images and prompts which enable students to reflect constantly on their writing practices, from an initial interest in a research problem to submitting a coherent and cogent thesis. This brilliant stratagem makes the book an indispensable guide for graduate students and supervisors.”

Professor Jim McKayInstitute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, The University of Queensland