A helpful guide for doctoral theses writing
The doctoral thesis is the crowning achievement of many years of academic work. It must fill some pretty steep requirements:
- Must add significantly to the current knowledge in the specific field of study
- It must be a culmination of original research, investigation and final analysis.
- It must have a high quality so that it is worthy of publication.
- Most are around 300 pages in length
- Usually must be completed in 4 years, which includes the requirements of residence.
- Depending on the faculty of your program, there will be methodological rules which must be strictly adhered to.
The student would have a supervisor who would approve the thesis topic as well as the research being proposed. As a student you would be able to gain a lot of direction and guidance relevant to your chosen topic. The supervisor would also help to formulate a plan for the work and ideas of where the focus should be. How to write your thesis
- If there is a required structure, follow it. If not, then you will need a title page, abstract, table of contents, list of tables, list of figures, introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, recommendations, acknowledgments, references, appendices
- Start planning as early on as you can for your thesis; even before graduate school you can start collecting ideas.
- Know who your audience is. Who are you writing to? Who will this research and findings affect? Who will be interested? Who will read it?
- Narrow down your scientific question or hypothesis.
- Start gathering evidence, and make sure you use a wide variety of sources.
- What are the implications of your research and the results?
- Use clear and concise writing.
- You will have a great deal of writing to do.
- You must read and have a background knowledge of current and previous research in the field of study.
- You must formulate a plan to conduct research of your own relevant to your hypothesis. It’s your goal to discover something of great enough importance that it adds something new to the field.
- The abstract must be written after the entire thesis is finalized. This is because you will condense down the information in the thesis in order to write the abstract.
- All written text should tie in with the data you provide, and give a meaningful explanation and analysis for the reader.
Going through a step by step plan such as the one above can be of great assistance when trying to write something as extensive as a thesis paper.