How Do I Write A Dissertation For My Graduation Project?

The short answer of course is ‘with care’. But there are a number of practical steps which you can take to seriously improve the writing of a dissertation for your graduation project. The fact that it is a dissertation is important. The fact that it is for your graduation project makes it even more important. Take your time and get the basics right. Here are some ideas and steps to think about in preparing the writing of your dissertation.

  • Set a realistic goal.
  • Set a realistic timetable.
  • Try some research exploration activity to start with.
  • Study some previous dissertations for graduation projects.
  • Create a series of questions around your topic.

Now this is a major piece of research and writing. Pretend you are going on a long journey. You need to be sure of where you're going, that you have adequate transport and refreshment resources and can react to unexpected changes should they occur. That's the type of thinking you need in creating a dissertation for graduation project.

Don't bite off more than you can chew. Choose a topic which suits you and which you can tackle with enthusiasm but still which presents a challenge. And add to that a realistic timetable. Do not push yourself to complete the task in too short an amount of time. Draw up a timetable. Add milestones to it and use this as a diary to check/tick the boxes as the journey continues.

Try a mini research campaign before you start. Don't go into great detail and note taking but rather test the waters to see just how much research material is available. This is only a short term activity but it can help you enormously to know just how much material is out there. It could also save your bacon because if the resources are thin, you will not be too late to change your dissertation and go down another route.

You can always learn from other people. Read dissertations from students who have gone before you and written research papers and dissertations for their graduation. Study the topics they chose, the methodologies they chose and any comments from their teachers or professors. Learn from others.

And finally create a series of questions around your topic. The more questions you can create, the better will be your thinking in providing substantial evidence throughout your dissertation.