The dissertation consists of five individual chapters, as well as Front Matter and End Matter, as listed below: Each section should include specific information, as outlined in Appendix B of the Dissertation Checklist.
There are several steps that must be completed in order to finish the dissertation.
There are also opportunities to add in features that go beyond these four points.
For example, some students like to add in their research questions in their dissertation introduction so that the reader is not only exposed to the aims and objectives but also has a concrete framework for where the research is headed.
In this guide, we’ll run through each of these chapters in detail so you’re well equipped to write your own.
We’ve also identified some common mistakes often made by students in their writing so that you can steer clear of them in your work.
One common mistake made by students is to justify their research by stating that the topic is interesting to them.
While this is certainly an important element to any research project, and to the sanity of the researcher, the writing in the dissertation needs to go beyond ‘interesting’ to why there is a particular need for this research.
The dissertation is designed to add to the body of scholarly research on your topic and will be available to the larger academic community after final approval and publication.
The dissertation should detail the purpose, background, methods, and conclusions of an original research project.