- The masters level essay requires references, citations and so on.
- The essay should refer to the theoretical paradigms and traditions within the subject area.
- Any arguments put forward should be carefully contextualised.
- All essays should contain an analysis of concepts and demonstrate how they fit into the broader field of your topic.
- You need to show that you can interpret, critique and understand your topic from a new or different perspective. In order to do these things successfully it is necessary to discuss, analyse, evaluate and give a cogent argument to convince readers that you understand how your research fits into the discipline as a whole.
- You need to challenge existing assumptions and give explanations as to why you are challenging them.
- You need to develop your ability for conceptual thinking, so you need to also develop your ability to think in the abstract.
- Your conclusions must be convincing. Your arguments should be plausible as should your conclusions.
What is needed in a masters level essay
There are certain common features necessary for a master level essay: -
- Originality of thought
- A demonstration of thorough research skills
- A demonstration of an ability to write according to academic conventions
- The ability to write in the appropriate academic register
- Immaculate presentation skills