How to Write a Doctoral Dissertation: A Practical Guide

A dissertation is a requirement for anyone that wants to get a doctoral degree (Ph.D.). It requires a lot of work and time put into it. It is important that the candidate manage their time between their required coursework and writing their thesis. If not, the coursework will suffer, and there will be no point in writing it at all. To make sure that the work is complete, the candidate to make sure that they have:

  • An outline
  • An abstract
  • The main body of the paper
  • A portion detailing the methods and materials
  • A necessary footnotes
  • A bibliography or reference

Specifically, the structure of the entire presentation should include:

  • Copyright waiver
  • To ensure that anyone does not copy your work. It will also help in keeping your work original.

  • Title page
  • Every piece of writing should have a title attached to it. It is important that the title is relevant to the topic of research.

  • Abstract
  • This is usually written last. It is a general summary of your introduction, methods and material, results, and discussion.

  • Acknowledgement
  • If a federal grant sponsored your research, here is where you will put in the grant number as well as the school the research was conducted in.

  • Table of Contents
  • It makes it easier to flip through any desired page of your writing. When writing, it can act as an outline in the initial writing process helping you to be organized in the process.

    Introduction

    It talks about an aspect of the topic with some previous studies included as supporting material.

  • Literature review
  • The amount of literature needed depends on the type of research. The literature review also demonstrates whether you understand the topic you are investigating.

  • Materials and methods
  • The data collection process is outlined here. This includes the research design (ex. The sample size used or the type of specimen used).

  • Theory
  • What did you come up with while conducting the experiment? This allows the reader to identify the theory you came up with.

  • Results and Discussion
  • Results from collected data. You will be displaying numbers (if necessary) in tables, figures, graphs, etc. Under each chart, include brief descriptions. Discussion uses literature to support or refute your results.

  • Conclusion and suggestions
  • Based on results, what conclusions have you come up with and what suggestions do you have for future research?

  • References

This practical guide not only tells you what should be in the dissertation, but it can also serve as some sort of outline. Since the organization is key when it comes to writing, this guide will be very beneficial to completing your writing.

 

 

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