How to

How to Write a Thesis

  • Read, read, read. Find a subject that interests you and work with your supervisor to find a specific and under-researched topic.
  • Writing a thesis is a gradual procedure. You chip away at a thesis, adding content as you plan, research, gather data and analyse results.
  • Thesis structures differ, but generally theses will comprise a title page, abstract, declaration, contents, chapters, references and appendices (see below for a more detailed list)
  • Ensure all sources are cited according your selected referencing style.
  • Liaise with your supervisor to ensure all ethical approvals are obtained before the research is undertaken.

Writing a thesis is different for everyone. Some find the process intimidating while others cannot wait to tackle the research topic. Additionally, writing a thesis is only part of a higher degree by research. The research itself requires a great deal of time and effort. However, for the purposes of this blog, we will focus on thesis writing.

First, it is essential that candidates follow the ethics approval procedures of the university. Data collection cannot begin until ethics approval has been obtained. Ethical research is a crucial part of academic integrity and failure to obtain approval could have significant consequences for the researcher, the university and the participants.

Writing a thesis is a gradual process. As the research or analysis progresses, the candidate will add content to their draft. When reading widely on the research topic, candidates should begin writing their literature review. This will be revised and edited by the candidate later, so it is best to avoid preoccupation with language and structure. However, given this section of the thesis will be rich in citations, consistent and accurate referencing is vital.

Generally, a thesis contains standard elements:

  • title page
  • abstract
  • declaration of originality
  • acknowledgements
  • contents
  • lists of figures, tables and abbreviations
  • chapters
  • references
  • appendices.

It is important to remember that thesis requirements are not standard across universities, disciplines or even countries. Additionally, theses by publication are often different again. The most effective way to ensure that your thesis is correctly written, formatted and structured is to appoint a specialist academic editor. Contact us for more information on how we can help you polish and perfect your thesis.

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