As established, a dissertation is a research project most undergraduate or postgraduate students will have to complete in order to graduate. As most former dissertation candidates will tell you, it is a long, difficult and demanding project that will put to the test one’s will and determination, as well as their knowledge and resourcefulness. The years you have spent studying literature and attending lectures ultimately build up to this one assignment. Pass this test and you will have earned yourself a diploma.
In order to write a dissertation, you will need to decide on a topic to research, which must be related to the field of your study. Once you have done this, explore the problems and dilemmas related to the topic and find one you are interested in researching. Ideally, the research you do related to the dilemma will be beneficial to industry professionals. Seek to add new knowledge, data and information to the topic, that was previously undefined.
Once you have found a topic and dilemma to research, scour the web, and perhaps your local library, for some helpful literature on the subject. Research articles related to the topic can be used to properly define and support the research you are conducting. Make sure you make it clear to readers what you hope to achieve with your research and what your own research is based on.
Once you have filled in your audience on the background of your dissertation, – and hopefully convince them it is built on pillars made of gold – it is time to do some practical research. Find a suitable way to test the hypotheses you have established for the research, gathering either quantitative or qualitative data using the wide variety of research tools at your disposal. Process the results, analyzing the data and measuring their significance, in order to determine whether the hypotheses can be accepted or rejected.
Finally, write an informative conclusion highlighting the results and data gathered through your research that tackle the topical dilemma. Based on this conclusion, make several recommendations related to the findings of your research, advising your audience, fellow researchers and industry professionals on how best to resolve the dilemma. Finish it off with a list of references and appendices and you are good to go!