It is one of the requirements for any student pursuing a Ph.D. A dissertation is a project document not written for the purpose of just being read but it is written for the sole purpose of advancing knowledge in various academic fields. It helps to be the things that were earlier not known by others.
Writing such a document is very demanding. It requires lots of focus and determination to write and research well. When writing your Ph.D. dissertation you will be required to follow some rules and guidelines so that your dissertation can be called a dissertation.
Tips: Rules and guidelines on How to Write a Ph.D. Dissertation.
- Requirements for writing: Before you embark on any writing for your dissertation it is imperative for you to check and counter check the exact requirements that are needed. This will include; the word limit, chapters that are to be included and which are not to be included, how should they be arranged, which information to place where and many others.
- Dissertation structure: Any academic writing has its own format and structure. The dissertation too has its own structure. In the structure, the following should be present. The title page, abstract, acknowledgments, content pages, introduction, literature review, materials and methods, results, discussions, conclusions, references, and appendices. They should be arranged in the said order respectively. Each section has its own distinct function.
- Detailed structure design: A logical, coherent, easy following and very well-structured dissertation will probably make the examiners interested in reading it and hearing your arguments. To achieve this you will have to create a plan of what you really want to say and how you say it. It’s always easy to come up with ideas but many people find it hard to put them down in writing. With a well-designed plan, this will be easy. You could seek the advice of your supervisor.
- Writing from the start: Many students would like to first finish the research then later come and write. This may be a good thing but sometimes you can find yourself in a position where the research work has taken much of your time and you are left with less time to write. So sort this out ensure to write as you do your research. Write each chapter at a time. This will give you ample time to assess the work done and be able to correct it soon enough.
- Argument development: This is the foundation of any dissertation. Without it then you will be doing zero work. You will ask yourself several questions like why is this approach important?, why is this topic worth researching? And so on. To able to this you will have to read through work done by others. Critique their ideas and views in relation to your ideas. You are free to agree or openly disagree with the existing literature but within the confines of respectful critiquing. To develop a very argument for your dissertation then you will have to go through a host of literature so as to clearly understand your work.