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General Things To Know About A Graduate Dissertation Structure

  • Introduction
  • There are general guidelines on a graduate dissertation structure that apply globally. The content of some sections can be altered but can never be eliminated from the paper. In case of alterations, your supervisor or department will give the instructions. Here is a structure that should apply to all graduates regardless of their discipline of study.

  • Title Page
  • It states the title of your paper, your official name and any other title you may have like B.Sc. Hons. It must also state the purpose of submitting the paper. This is mostly in fulfillment of certain academic requirement for award of certain qualification like Masters, PhD, etc. You must also include the name of your supervisor, the institution and date of submission.

  • Abstract
  • The abstract of graduate dissertations is meant to give a brief of your paper. Capture the issue you chose to research on and why you decided on it, the methods used in research and justification of their use, the results obtained and the conclusions made.

  • Acknowledgement
  • This is recognition that your paper would not have been complete without the support of other people. They include your supervisors, librarian, lecturers, experts, donors, etc. Do not give details of the support given. Make it brief and later generalize to cover for minor help that cannot be accommodated in the limited space.

  • Introduction
  • It captures your aims and objectives and explains the significance of what you are studying. Briefly describe how you intend to prove your assertions and the general approach you will take throughout the paper. The introduction sets the tone for your paper.

  • Literature Review
  • It looks at what other scholars and writers have to say about the subject. It will set a foundation for your work. It also contextualizes your paper within academic circles. Choose materials that are relevant to your topic.

  • Methodology
  • This is a detailed description of the methods you will use in research, data collection, analysis and presentation. You need to justify your choice and why you think they are the best in your case.

  • Results and Discussion
  • You are required to display the results, describe them, interpret them in layman language and evaluate their meaning. Give the limitations of the results to avoid generalizations or misleading.

  • Conclusion
  • It is time to tie down your argument, evidence presented and extrapolations from research to provide an answer to the questions asked at the beginning. Be consistent with your research findings.

  • Bibliography and References
  • This is a list of materials and books used in citing your work. Be orderly ensuring that you stick to the rules of chosen formatting style.

  • Appendices
  • The section includes copies of items used especially in collecting data like questionnaires and authorizations.

    The structure of your dissertation undergraduate may slightly change based on department or supervisor instructions. Follow these instructions strictly. Failure to stick to the structure will be penalized.