By the end of your studies, you are required to craft a masters thesis so as to show that you gained the necessary skills to conduct a research. Just as any piece of writing, a dissertation has rules and a format to be followed. The only unique thing about it is that you are required to look at things in a broader perspective. If you are a master’s student and have no clue of what your paper should entail then below is a hint.
The title page
This varies depending on the school. You should therefore check your school website where you can download a copy of the format. However, the common things that can be included in this part include your name, the institution, registration number, title of the assignment and the name of your lecturer.
It is a summary of your findings. A good abstract should be able to tell the reader what to expect without him or her going through the entire masters dissertation. It should contain the context of your research, how you came up with the findings and briefly discuss the findings. Be as brief as possible.
In this paragraph, explain what methods you used to find the results. The first line of this part should state the objective of the research and it is this way that the marker will be able to know whether the research method was compatible with the objectives. Try to justify your method of choice or else the reader will assume that you cooked your work.
It provides a map of what to be expected in the next sections and how those sections relate. A good introduction should also be able to grab the tutor’s attention. This way, you will give him or her the morale to go through the entire paper. The last statement of this section holds the thesis statement which acts as a link. The introduction ought to be as brief as possible.
In this chapter, you describe your result. Depending on the research that you carried out, it could be in form of quantitative models, descriptive statistics for those doing dissertations that require calculations and finally qualitative techniques. Give extensive details if at all you want to score.
Diagrams, graphs and pie chart can be used to represent your results. The questions that you generated should be tackled differently and in separate paragraphs.
It is brief just like the introduction and the abstract. Here you describe how the objectives of your research have been met and what your conclusions are. No new points or references are added in this section. Remember to include a short statement that mentions the limitations of your research and also give further recommendations for future research.