Dissertation Writing Secrets

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of things it is best to remind you of how you should be structuring your dissertation. Your writing should have the following structure:

Creating a decent thesis: a fresh approach to use

Writing a thesis is perhaps the most stressful time of many students’ lives. The pressure and the amount of dedication required to make a successful dissertation is absolutely immense. Take it from someone who had to do a mathematics thesis that I fully empathize with your situation. Sometimes after being swamped with so much information without any guidance can make a person feel jaded, especially when there is constant pressure from your supervisors to meet certain deadlines. Due to this sometimes it is best to have a fresh perspective, and to use a different approach to further motivate you. A change in approach could rejuvenate your mind after constant pressure to conform to a certain way of doing your dissertation.

  • Introduction: This should introduce the reader to your topic, and the reason why you are writing your paper. This should be a brief description, as you do not want to get into the complexities just yet. Think of this section as the blurb of a book.
  • Review of current research: This should give an overview of what point the current research about the topic you are writing about is at. You should tell your audience about what is currently known and what is not known.
  • Aims: This is where you describe what you aim to accomplish with your writing. You should make your aims clear, however make sure to not promise something you know will not be delivered on.
  • Methodology: This is an extremely important part of your paper, as you will describe here how you will be going about accomplishing your aims, which you just described in the previous section. This section will also focus on collecting results, and the fallbacks to your methodology.
  • Results/discussion: Here you describe what the results of your research were. You should discuss the possible consequences and what your opinion on the data is. You should thoroughly analyze the results, as this is the main part of your work.
  • Conclusion: This should be a brief summary of your results. Make sure to repeat the most important points of your work, as this will be the last part that your audience will read, so your closing point should remind them of the most important aspects of your work.

Now that you know clearly how to structure your writing, it is time to discuss the part of a dissertation most students have a tough time dealing with. This is the topic of their dissertation. One of the most daunting aspects of writing a dissertation and gaining a PhD is the fact that all research has to be something original. Students mistakenly take this for having to find something revolutionary in their field of study, something that changes the landscape of the subject due to their research.

However this is the wrong approach to take. Many thousands of PhDs are submitted every year and very few actually end up revolutionizing their field of academia. The aim of a PhD should be to build upon the existing knowledge. All knowledge that has advanced any field of study has been due to using the existing knowledge to push the field as a whole towards something more advanced. So keep this in mind when choosing the subject of your research.

We hope that revisiting how to write a thesis, and to choose a subject, has given you a fresh perspective on your own writing, and you can use this to rejuvenate your own work.