This Study Guide addresses the task of writing a dissertation.It aims to help you to feel confident in the construction of this extended piece of writing, and to support you in its successful completion.It can be best to write the Abstract last, once you are sure what exactly you are summarising.
This may be one of the shortest sections of your thesis or dissertation, but it is worthwhile taking great care to write it well.
Essentially, the Abstract is a succinct summary of the research.
The good news is that you have already started writing if you have written any of the following in relation to this study: In each case the object of the writing was to communicate to yourself, your supervisors, or to others, something about your work.
In writing your dissertation you will draw on some of this earlier writing to produce a longer and more comprehensive account.
You may also find the following Study Guides helpful: “The research is going well, so the writing should be straightforward - I can leave it until later”.
“I know I’m not good at writing so I keep putting it off”.
You will need it to be succinct, specific, descriptive, and representative of the research you have done.
There is likely to be a required format for the title page in your discipline, so you need to check what that is.
Reading the acknowledgements in other dissertations in your field will give you an idea of the ways in which different kinds of help have been appreciated and mentioned.
The contents pages will show up the structure of the dissertation.