General texts central texts further categorisation writing the methods section writing the findings section writing the discussion writing the conclusion final draft guidelines on presentation submitting the how long is your dissertation going to be have you mapped out the content of each of your chapters. Genres in academic writing: research dissertations & theses and further details on the methodology section: writing theses 3 that - apart from the introduction and conclusion - all chapters should be the same length, and recommends between 8,000 and 12,000 words for each chapter in a phd thesis of 80,000 words. At 2500 this would be a short paper, 6000 words is a little too long (5000 words ideally) and some sections (shown with a ) might need to be reduced max no of figures / pictures / graphs 12 [ideally 7] (they can be colour but should have an easy-to-read key). Appendices you now know will be included for the dissertation proposal this paragraph should only refer to chapters 2 and 3) note: • the length of chapter 1 varies from proposal to proposal, but most range from 15-25 pp • also note in the formatting that the narrative is double-spaced except between each chapter section. Placing the literature review in the dissertation/thesis structuring the literature review writing up it all depends on the length of the dissertation, the nature of the subject, the focal point of interest, the the overall structure of the section or chapter should be just like any other: it should have a beginning, middle and.
Long chapters can be divided into sections, which can be further divided into subsections and sub-subsections the most common numbering system is the multiple numeration system, where the number of each division is preceded by. Standard dissertation structure dissertation structures vary from discipline to discipline, but the following sections will be found in almost all uk dissertations the length of each section and its level of critical analysis will depend on your specific research area and degree programme for example, in the humanities and. That's how i was told to do it as well although i'm not entirely sure how many words will be going in each section how many did you put in each section my outline is: introduction chapter (max 1,500 words) chapter 2 (addresses question set, defining terms and providing background) (c2000-2,500 words. An important issue of concern is the number of words for each section make sure to adhere to the following to deal with the issue of the number of words for the dissertation proposal the paper should, regardless of the length, achieve the following objectives: the paper should be long enough to define every parameters.
Following is a road map that briefly outlines the contents of an entire dissertation this is a comprehensive overview, and as such is helpful in making sure that at a glance you understand up front the necessary elements that will constitute each section of your dissertation this broad overview is a prelude to the steps. The ideal dissertation structure and word counts the following table offers a suggested structure and approximate word count for a dissertation of successful research espoused by this book: a larger project becomes much more manageable when broken down into smaller, clearly defined sections.
A dissertation is an extended piece of writing requiring more thorough research and wider reading than typical essays or reports from planning through to this should include two or three chapters, each addressing specific issues in the literature (4,000 to 5,000 words) key themes this draws together key themes from. Significance of the problem a include explicit statement of significance specific to the topic studied b why is it important to conduct the study c this section will probably not be very long but it should be very powerful d what theoretical/ practical reasons are there for wanting to know the answers to the research questions. Each issue could correspond to your analytical chapters or sections in your analytical chapter but they should definitely be discussed in the discussion or conclusion of your thesis theoretical chapter: description of the theory and/or the analytical concepts you have chosen to work with • in what way is the theory/ concepts. In terms of length, there is no rule about how long a dissertation introduction needs to be, as it is going to depend on the length of the total dissertation generally make sure that you employ transitional phrases to ensure that the reader knows how the sections are linked to each other the research focus.
When writing a dissertation or thesis, the results and discussion sections can be both the most interesting as well as the most challenging sections to write conversely, every method should also have some results given so, if you choose to exclude certain experiments from the results, make sure that you remove mention. Include the following sections: the background/context of your research the aim or purpose of your research research design findings/results and key conclusions and recommendations 17 how many words should the dissertation be how many words should each chapter be the dissertation overall is 10,000 words.