University expectations from your dissertation or thesis paper

By Priya Chetty on January 20, 2012

A dissertation is a statement whose veracity has been argued, demonstrated, or justified in any way. Generally, it states a scientific proposition, an axiom, or a demonstrable fact. The university expects certain things from the dissertations that students submit. The foremost part is the thesis statement. The thesis statement is derived from the scientific method. A thesis statement is an idea that is specific, grounded, and publicly exposed. It can also be called a scientific theory since a theoretical basis can be considered part of established knowledge. For many years, mainly in the context of medicine, a statement set out the gooseneck. The student’s ideas were subjected to an interrogation, an argument, or evidence to support public dialectic possible objections that he opposed the examiners.

Framing your research hypothesis

The next important aspect of a dissertation that the university expects is the hypothesis. A thesis statement is considered to be derived from a hypothesis that may not even exist with any initial evidence and facts that support can be largely undiscovered. A thesis is usually interpreted as a demonstrable proposition whose goal is to make valid, effective meaning pragmatic conclusions from complex propositions. Thus, the university expects students to specify the goal and objectives of the dissertation clearly. The steps taken to validate or invalidate a hypothesis, and to establish it as a thesis are represented by the research methodology. The university expects students to plan the mention of the methods applied for research and to arrive at the conclusion. The methodology has to be provisionally justified. The thesis is the writer’s point of view. From this perspective, the conclusion of the arguments and argumentative text is created (ISO 7144, 1986).

Literature review

The next important thing a dissertation that any university expects in any dissertation is the proper literature review. The researcher should review the best literature supporting the thesis statement in this part of the dissertation. The literature should be selected wisely and a number of sources are there from which the bests can be accessed online. The universities always want the literature that is reviewed by the researcher should be current. The literature should not be more than 5 to 7 years old and must be written by renowned authors.

Research Methodology

Research methodology is the next thing that universities want in any dissertation. The primary data and secondary data involved in the research should be stated in this part. The research procedures and techniques must be defined here. The universities always want this part to be good as this is the most crucial part of any dissertation.

Data analysis

Another important thing universities want in any dissertation is data analysis. The data that has been collected through the surveys and interviews are analyzed here with suitable statistical methods. The hypothesis is also tested in this part of the dissertation. The last thing that is another important part of any dissertation is the conclusion. The conclusion should be brief and should tell about the research, not anything new.


  1. International Standard ISO 7144. (1986). Documentation—Presentation of theses and similar documents. International Organization for Standardization. Geneva.

Priya is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Project Guru, a research and analytics firm based in Gurgaon. She is responsible for the human resource planning and operations functions. Her expertise in analytics has been used in a number of service-based industries like education and financial services.

Her foundational educational is from St. Xaviers High School (Mumbai). She also holds MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, Delhi (2008).

Some of the notable projects she has worked on include:

  • Using systems thinking to improve sustainability in operations: A study carried out in Malaysia in partnership with Universiti Kuala Lumpur.
  • Assessing customer satisfaction with in-house doctors of Jiva Ayurveda (a project executed for the company)
  • Predicting the potential impact of green hydrogen microgirds (A project executed for the Government of South Africa)

She is a key contributor to the in-house research platform Knowledge Tank.

She currently holds over 300 citations from her contributions to the platform.

She has also been a guest speaker at various institutes such as JIMS (Delhi), BPIT (Delhi), and SVU (Tirupati).