The first question that arises in students’ minds when writing a dissertation is “what should it look like?” This refers to the dissertation structure.
An excellent dissertation structure should present the objectives, narrate the research methods you have used and shown some results. It does have a particular structure unless suggested otherwise by your institution.
Here’s the dissertation structure commonly used in educational institutes.
- Research Proposal (if necessary)
In the research proposal, you shall describe what you want, what intend and what aim you would try to achieve.
In the title section, you have to include:
The Title: The amount of Sodium required daily by humans
Student’s Full name and qualification: Sara Parker LLB (Hons)
The degree dissertation is submitted for Dissertation submitted for the completion of Bachelors of Law
Institution: University of West Virginia
Date of submission: 1st September 2016
Supervisor’s Name: John Smith
An abstract, as a component of the dissertation structure, is the synopsis of the dissertation in one paragraph. In this paragraph, you should include that what issues you have researched, by what methods and why you choose these methods. What were the results and your conclusions?
This is another section of the dissertation structure where you need to acknowledge all the persons who helped you in any manner whatsoever. They could be your lecturer, library staff or the people who contributed with their time to be interviewed.
You should unfold your dissertation topic and also describe your aim, objectives and an outline of the whole dissertation. The introduction is your chance to show that you have command over the language, grammar, and style required to write a scholarly piece of work.
In this section, you should critically review the past research done in your relevant field. A good and up to the mark literature review is written thoroughly, analyzed critically and essentially informative. And it should also demonstrate your contribution to the existing research.
This represents the progress and evaluation of your research structure. This is section of your dissertation structure where you illustrate your research, data collection and assessment methods you have used and why you find these methods appropriate for your research.
Under this section, you need to discuss strengths and weaknesses of your research and also identify limitations.
Here you should integrate all the aspects of your argument to come up with a convincing answer to the question you initially presented. Your answer should also justify your conclusion. You should also picture the possible future development of your research topic. Moreover, you also need to mention if your findings are applicable in real life or have any practical implications.
- Bibliography and References
You must mention the resources from where you have collected the information. If you don’t cite the references correctly, it could result in an accusation of plagiarism resulting a failure in your dissertation. So, it is important to cite the references accurately.
In this section, you should include how you have collected the data for your research. For instance, surveys, questioners, etc.