Dissertation Help: How Dissertation Differs From Thesis?

by Samantha Smiles   Google

Definitions of “thesis' and “dissertation' are often equated but actually there is a distinction that you should take into consideration. Thesis is related to research work at the bachelor or master degree course, while when speaking about the dissertation we usually mean Doctor's degree. In general, dissertation (thesis) is a type of paper that implies personal research and findings for earning a professional qualification degree. This paper type has complex structure and requires a significant amount of time for research. In this article we will provide you with information concerning the features of dissertation writing.

Structure Of The Dissertation

As we have already mentioned in the previous paragraph, the structure of dissertation is much more complex than the one of the term or research paper. Still, some constituents are the same:

Title page. It is the first page of the paper that states the topic of your work, name of the university, degree, faculty, month, year, your name and surname, instructor.

Acknowledgment. Gratefulness to the people who helped you and inspired for writing.

Contents. List of the work constituents stated according to the page number.

Abstract. The abstract is a short summary of your dissertation that gives the key information about the bullet points of your work. Your abstract should consist of approximately 200 words.

Introduction. It is an insight into the work that includes:

1.  Purpose of the research: what have you intended to achieve by doing this work? Why have you chose this topic?

2.  Context of the paper: here you need to tell about what have you described on all these pages; mention the key issues; findings.

3.  Exegesis of the title.

4.  Research hypotheses and questions.

5.  Structure of the paper that represents chapters of your work. Also, mention the appendices you attached to the paper.

Literature review. Link your research with already existing literature, use comparison, contrast and development of its idea.

Theory. This section gives information about the theoretical foundations of your paper. It implies your personal point of view and already existing theories that support your approach.

Methodology. Presents the methods and approaches you used during your research. Why didn't you choose other methods and so on.

Findings. Show your research data, which answers your research questions and supporting each of your statements and arguments with strong evidence.

Discussion. Here you are to interlace the research questions with your findings and previous research. Use evaluation in this chapter in order to give an esteem of your efforts and limitations.

Conclusion. In this section you need to show the way your paper can influence to and change the course of study, how it contributes to the definite approach, what innovation have you brought.

Bibliography/References. This is a list of informational sources, which you used as a background for your research

Appendices include various questionnaires, letters, graphics, pictures, tables and so on.

Some Sharp Dissertation Help Tips Are Available For You!

In this paragraph we are going to provide you with a few thesis help tips.

1. Your writing task should be planned in order to guarantee your work only the highest results. Your plan should consist of the following items:

  • Choose a topic for writing
  • Gather information
  • Carry out a research
  • Fix your findings
  • Make up a draft
  • Write a fair copy

Topic selection must be deliberate. Dissertation is not a 3-page essay that can be written on the basis of reading someone's academic work. It’s a work, that requires your deep interest and participation in the problem investigation. If you are not finding any interest in the subject, you will not cope with the assignment. That is why we strongly recommend you to choose a topic, which is close to your understanding and preferences. It will save both your time and nerves. Except of your personal findings, you need to have a proper background: literature that will support your research. You can use different information sources: newspapers, magazines, academic works, books and so on. Don’t miss an opportunity to consult with experts of your subject: professors, teachers, instructors, lecturers, writers, reporters and so on. Communication with these people may boost your research even more than any other sources. After information collection, proceed to the research that implies deep studying and analysis of the chosen issues. The draft of your work is foundation for the fair copy that suggests approximate allocation of paper into the definite constituent parts and filling parts with the key information. Your fair copy is detailed version of your draft that must be checked for grammatical, stylistic and structural mistakes in the end of writing.

2.  Plagiarism is a taboo: it will be disclosed and afterwards you will definitely face prepossession. This will make impossible for you to get Doctor's degree.

3.  Organize your time: try not to be distracted and concentrate on your work. Distribute your time between the stages of work.

4.  Pay attention to the style of writing. It must be definitely formal. In this way, you should show respect to the audience, matureness of thinking and scientific approach to work. You should refuse emotionally colored language, vivid stylistics, informal addressing. Try to use passive constructions instead of the active voice. Change “my', “me', “in my view', “in my opinion' with “our', “we' and so on.

5.  Fill your work with persuasive arguments and evidence of your correctness. Make references to the works of scientists who researched your case, present support of your opinion.

6.  Check your morphology (word structure) and syntax (word phrase and sentence structure). Avoid of rushing to secure yourself from silly mistakes. Pay attention to the syntax specifics.

7.  Never give up. Overcome all barriers and don’t give up your work under any circumstances. Perseverance always wins.

We hope our tips will help you to accomplish your paper successfully. Adhering to all of these prompts will definitely be effective, but still everything depends on your knowledge. Thus, never stop self-development.