Why and how does a thesis gets rejected?

By Parul Goyal on February 23, 2012

Thesis is an inevitable part of the masters and doctoral pedagogy. Candidates pour in their hearts, minds and a lot of efforts in making their thesis as per the university guidelines and supervising professors’ requirements.

Why was your thesis rejected?

However, many a times the thesis gets rejected some of the reasons behind it are:

  • Noncompliance of the university guidelines.
  • Not following professors’ instructions.
  • Negligence and ignorance and lack of proper understanding of the essential requirements of the thesis.

A basic mistake that may result in a failure of thesis is submission of thesis with spelling or formatting errors along with partial or badly formatted bibliography. There are professors who start the evaluation of the thesis from the bibliography to see whether the research has been conducted on the right tracks or not and the appropriate literature review has been done.

Other common reasons of rejection

Literature review is the foundation of the research. If it is not properly written and the significant theorists have not been cited, the research is diverted into the wrong direction and fails miserably.

More recently, usage of too much of internet references like e-books, blogs, and websites have been used which does not go well with the professors. Primarily, the examiners look for the scholar’s original contribution to the thesis and it must be mentioned briefly in the abstract to give a view of the uniqueness of the work done.

Format and presentation of the thesis, review of literature, research philosophical framework, problem identification and gravity of the recommendations as the key focal points of thesis evaluation followed by research design and data collection.

Candidates must focus and pay attention to points which according to them are minor like formatting and spelling mistakes. However, they should understand the professors’ requirements and conduct the entire research with a firm determination to produce an original work of knowledge thereby, enjoying the pleasure of accomplishment.