A thesis or dissertation is an academic document which is submitted to support the candidature of a professional or academic degree qualification presenting the research and findings of the author. The main goal of a thesis or dissertation is to generate an original piece of research work on a topic that is clearly defined. Usually, a thesis or dissertation is often considered as the most substantial piece of independent research at the doctorate academic level. This document is usually lengthy and usually offers massive challenges to students.
Writing a thesis or dissertation requires a broad range of planning and research skills which will be of great value in the future career of the student. The topic or research question for a dissertation should be adequately focused that you can gather all the relevant data within a short time-frame. Also, you should select a topic that you already have some knowledge about in order to have a frame of reference as you search for your literature. Prior knowledge regarding the topic or research question will also guarantee that you have some understanding as well as some interest in the theory behind your specific topic.
Structure of a Thesis/Dissertation
- Title page
- Literature review
- Data analysis and discussion of results
- Limitations of the study
- Policy recommendations and/or recommendations for future studies
- Citations (bibliography, references, or Cited Works)
- Appendices (if applicable)