How to write a master’s Thesis

Starting to write a thesis for masters is considerably a long task. For writing a thesis you have to do more study, research and then start writing. The length of master’s thesis comprises of 10,000 – 15,000 words. You may feel the process of writing a master’s thesis a bit difficult even if you have already written one for your undergraduate level.

            If you have an idea of writing master’s thesis, don’t lose hope because there are people out there like your peers or supervisors to provide you support. The one big problem most of the students undergo is that, they couldn’t find how to write their research as a thesis. If you get a proper advice to write one, you can easily cope up with the flow followed in writing master’s thesis. This article will provide you some instructions on every process of writing to complete writing your master’s thesis.

  1. Understand your Thesis Topic

            Writing a thesis and a dissertation may seem a little similar because they both require deep knowledge about the topic and good writing skills and similar formatting, but they are not the same.

            The first thing one has to do before start writing your dissertation is that you have to clearly understand about your research topic. By knowing completely regarding the topic will you to carry out your research in a better way and also can give good contents for your dissertation.

            When you are writing your thesis the important point you have to keep in your mind is that, the main purpose of your thesis is to be put forward also discuss about the key concepts of your research.

  1. Structure your Dissertation or Thesis

            The thesis you write should be very unique, there’s no any separate process to structure your thesis, and you can do it in your own way. You can choose the best way which more suits your topic also you can get advice from your supervisors. Take a look on to the master’s thesis written by your seniors to get some example.

            Every dissertation written by master’s students is unique, even though every single one consists of chapters, the number of them vary in each. The chapter number you use in your thesis depends on the topic of your research. Some of the important chapters of the thesis are listed below:

Title page: This has the topic of your research in a separate page.

Abstract: This section includes the brief summary of your project along with methodology, findings and background information.

Contents: This contains the list of all figures and chapters included in the thesis.

Chapter 1 – Background: Discussion regarding the reason of conducting investigation.

Chapter 2 – Literature Review: The summary about literature review you done should be presented here in this chapter.

Chapter 3 – Methodology: Discussion about the methodologies you used in your research.

Chapter 4 to 6 – Data analysis and Findings: Outline about the data’s you collected and the key findings of your research.

Chapter 7 – Discussion and Evaluation: Describe the data and provide justification for your findings.

Chapter 8 – Conclusion: Brief summary of your whole research and result.

Bibliography: The referencing and citation of sources used in your research.

Appendices: The extra information used in thesis other than the main content.

  1. Write up your Literature Review

            You can start writing your dissertation from the literature review chapter. One can write it after complete researching and done evaluation of the literatures already available related to your topic. This is done to find the gaps in existing literature.

            This chapter holds most of the basic information related to the research, so many students start writing their dissertation from here to get a better understanding about the topic. This will serve as a foundation of your dissertation and help building other sections.

What to Include in your Literature Review

            The literature review is not just the summary of your review process; you have to explain how that review helped you to make improvement in your research.

Explain about how you inter related all the collected information, also about similarities and disagreements between various papers.

You have to highlight about the identified gaps from existing literatures. The dissertation each one prepares should be very unique. You should find about the areas which need further investigation and the literature which did not provide proper justification for their theory.

Give explanation for the methodology you chose for your research. Discuss about why it is the best suitable and the success of it in some other research.

  1. Write up your Research

            For writing your dissertation you require a good research. You can even start writing before conducting the research, but it needs a clear design for your research, to compete writing your final dissertation.

            For example: If you have a research topic which is more based on theoretical data then you should write thesis in a philosophical perspective. In other words, working with qualitative data requires more discussion and evaluation when compared to working on qualitative data.

Methodology Chapter

            This chapter explain about how you have done your research work and about the techniques you followed for collecting data. First you have to discuss about the approach of methodology and then move on to strategy you adapted for collecting data. Mention about the strategies such as questionnaires, discourse analyses, interviews, content analysis and surveys.

Data Analysis and Finding Chapters

             This chapter of findings and analysis include all the results you obtained from your investigation, which should be more objective, specific and detailed. Discuss about your findings in a way which could be understood by everyone. For instance, use table or graphs to explain about the quantitative data.

            This helps you to give a clear explanation in some other chapters. The readers of your paper will take the help of your data analysis section to cross verify your actual finding from this, so you have to make this section simple. Plan accordingly to split up your data into different sections which will help you in interview segment.

  1. Discuss and Evaluate about Master’s Thesis

            After you presented your result, now you have to discuss about the evaluation of it. There should be some difference between the findings section and your discussion section, because you are going to talk about the same content in both the sections. In findings section you have to just state your result and in discussion section provide a complete description. In other words, the expanded explanation of your findings should be presented in the discussion section. For instance, state the relationship between various segments of data.

            The evaluation section discuss about the key findings also the advantages and disadvantages of it.

  1. Write your Introduction for Master’s thesis

            It is advisable to write your introduction chapter of thesis at last because your introduction is the most important thing.

The introduction should include:


Research question

Problem statement

Significance of your Research

            This section should have the idea of your whole research and its significance. You can add information from your dissertation proposal or you can make some changes to it, because the idea may change after the real research started.

            Either write this section at last or revise it by the end, because you can clearly define this section with all the necessary information after complete writing other chapters.

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