LLM (Master's degree) Dissertation Literature Review

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Hello,

I am currently in the final stage of my LLM, which is my Dissertation.
I have not written a Dissertation before, but I have engaged with other research projects.
Is 1,500-2,000 words for a Literature Review of a 12,000 word Dissertation too much? I wrote 1,000 for in my former research project (9,000 words).

It is mainly my lack of experience which is causing my apprehension about my word limits, as I want to be precise as I can be.
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(Original post by LS1998)
Hello,

I am currently in the final stage of my LLM, which is my Dissertation.
I have not written a Dissertation before, but I have engaged with other research projects.
Is 1,500-2,000 words for a Literature Review of a 12,000 word Dissertation too much? I wrote 1,000 for in my former research project (9,000 words).

It is mainly my lack of experience which is causing my apprehension about my word limits, as I want to be precise as I can be.
Hi LS1998,

10% of the final word count seems reasonable for a literature review to me but, admittedly, I'm in a different discipline (English Literature).

Your dissertation supervisor should be able to give you firm guidance on this though so I would recommend speaking with them rather than taking a guess - they're there to help you so don't be afraid to contact them, no matter how small you think the question might be! They can also help you with the wider structure and scope of the project, and help you break the dissertation up into manageable sections to ensure overall coherence.

Hope that helps and good luck with the dissertation!

Amy Louise
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