The Basics of Writing your Dissertation Structure

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The final dissertation is plagued with a lot of firsts. There goes the coming up of a good dissertation topic, as well as, the preparation of your thesis statement. And who could forget about the dissertation structure?

Fortunately, unlike the other mentioned firsts, the structure requires less brain work; most of it comes from the specifics your institution prescribes for your final piece. In other words, you don’t have to spend a significant amount of work to devise the structure.

The basics of writing the dissertation structure consist of these two:

  1. Pick the default structure-components

  2. Choose body-specific components

The first fundamental will range from the Title Page to Definitions. The second fundamental, however, takes a lot of consideration, as they need to be a necessity to gain a spot in your piece. It might involve an Introduction to be paired with a Conclusion, or a Discussions part to accommodate the elaborations for the Results and Analysis.

To ensure that you have not missed any crucial component or are only keeping all functional components, take your drafted dissertation structure to your supervisor. Perhaps, he or she can tell which among your structure component is really useful and which can be readily discarded. Moreover, don’t shy away from asking why something is discarded or added.

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Coming up with a strong dissertation structure is of paramount significance as coming up with a good dissertation topic or honing your final thesis statement. The structure ensures that you cover as much as you need to cover. It also helps you avoid missing any chapter for your dissertation.

However, students should also approach a structure as flexibly as possible. There are going to be times of which will show you that another chapter is necessary and, therefore, needs to be added, or weeded off.


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