Dissertation Research & Writing

The dissertation research and writing process indicates your extensive understanding of subject matter. Following are a few simple steps in for dissertation research process that may ease your in-depth research work largely. Lack of knowledge on dissertation research & writing results in the students often going wrong and losing his/her degree.

14 Easy steps for Dissertation Research & Writing:

Following these 14 simple steps will help you identify the do’s and don’ts of dissertation research and writing, initial proposal, methodology, etc. and help you complete them on time:

  • Give consideration to what others expect from your work, but not be influenced by it: It is essential that the topic selected by you is out of your personal interest. It will he helpful in your career path.
  • Be articulate and comprehensive in your approach towards dissertation-writing: Do not discard ideas too soon. You dissertation is a construct of different ideas; you need to analyse what else can be added. Remain open to ideas at this stage and implement the right ones in your dissertation
  • Write and collect your ideas for future reference: Maintaining a collection of all your ideas will help you in modifying/changing an idea for the dissertation
  • Do not expect unrealistic consequences:Set realistic goals. Do not expect that your dissertation will garner international attention. Ensure that your expectations are built on:
    1. Serving an academic purpose & fulfilling it.
    2. The dissertation writing is more crucial than the outcomes of the study and
    3. The research conducted was a valuable learning process
  • Time Management is important:Create a time frame for different steps in your dissertation. Ideally, you should fragment the dissertation into 6 different parts and set a “Start” and “End” time for each. Regular updating is required for reallocation of time.
  • Study a sample dissertation research proposal:Going through the sample will help you understand:
    1. What the end result looks like
    2. What are the common headings used
    3. Organisation of the proposal
    4. Clarity of the proposal
    5. Knowledge of the subject area by the writer
    6. Can my research proposal be molded similarly?
  • Presence of a comprehensive Literature Review: Make sure you have this. The rationale behind this is in accordance with an argument for the analysis:
    1. There is a need for the research and
    2. The chosen methodology is best suited for the questions put forth.
  • An ideal proposal is the work of the initial three chapters of the dissertation:The following chapters are essential:
    1. Chapter 1: Introduction
    2. Chapter 2: Review of Literature
    3. Chapter 3:Research Methodology with Conclusion.
  • You should make use of future tense in writing the research proposal. As you write the first three chapters, the tense changes from past to future.
  • Special emphasis on the dissertation research: While writing the proposal, be sure to define the problem statement narrowly and specifically. Remember that your dissertation is not the answer to all problems in the world.Frame a set of questions to act a guidance for the dissertation research.The only rule here is that your dissertation should establish the relationship between the field of study, previous research conducted and your dissertation.
  • Definition of the research methodology  in the dissertation proposal and the actual dissertation.Expand the scope of your thesis by empowering ideas put forth by those participating in the dissertation.Make a wise decision while choosing qualitative or quantitative methods for the research.
  • The Title, Format, Font and Styles in writing are not merely decoration. Dissertation should be unclear and ambiguous. In order to ensure this, you should enlist the keywords in your dissertation and also make sure that too frequent highlighting does not annoy the reader.
  • The Table of Contents enhances the Dissertation Title Manuscript. The right table of contents is more effective than you think.
  • The conclusions/ recommendations should serve the purpose: Often, students make the mistake of merely summarizing the findings in place of stating the conclusions of the dissertation. Make sure that you don’t repeat the same things. Rather, you should state the outcome of an incident. In other words, what are the key ideas drawn from the dissertation?

Important Note:

It is important to conduct a thorough, extensive research on the topic before commencing the dissertation. Investing a small amount f time and effort will bear fruit for the future!

Priya Chetty

Partner at Project Guru
Priya is a master in business administration with majors in marketing and finance. She is fluent with data modelling, time series analysis, various regression models, forecasting and interpretation of the data. She has assisted data scientists, corporates, scholars in the field of finance, banking, economics and marketing.

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