Model Dissertation Structure

Whether you are studying in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada or Australia, the structure of an academic dissertation is standard.  Academic institutions agree upon how a dissertation should be structure although, of course, each may have more specific guidelines particular to their institution.  A standard dissertation format is presented at the end of this article.

While it is advisable that the dissertation writer adhere to the standard and popularly accepted dissertation structure, they need to incorporate both their university’s specific guidelines and the dictates of their particular topic into the structure.  In other words, the standard structure should be regarded as the starting point from which to compose a customised structure, consistent with both the university’s and the topic’s requirements.

Composing a customised dissertation structure, as stipulated and explain above, could be a rather time-consuming and complicated tasks.  It is, however, one which cannot be ignored because the acceptance or rejection of the study is partially predicated on the extent of adherence to a customised dissertation structure which satisfies the requirements of the standard structure, the topic and the university.  Hence, as complicated and as time-consuming as this step may be, not doing it may prove a disastrous waste of your time since the consequences could be your having to rewrite the entire study.

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Table of Contents 

List of Figures 

List of Tables

Statements and Declaration



Chapter 1 – Introduction and Overview

1.1: Introduction

1.2: Importance of Topic

1.3: State of the Field

1.4: Field Research Problems

1.5: Dissertation Outline

1.6: Summary 

Chapter 2 – Review of the Literature

Subsections to be determined by topic

Chapter 3 – Research Methodology

3.1: Introduction

3.2: Research Background

3.2.1    Research Hypotheses

3.2.2    Research Questions

32.3     Research Objectives

3.3: Research Design and Research Methodology

3.3  Research Purpose

3.3.1    Exploratory

3.3.2    Descriptive

3.3.3    Explanatory

3.3.4    Prescriptive

3.4: Research Approach

3.4.1    The Deductive versus the Inductive Approach?

3.4.2    The Qualitative versus the Quantitative Approach

3.5: Research Strategy

3.5.1    Qualitative Sampling 

3.5.2    Qualitative Data Collection

3.5.3    Qualitative Data Handling

3.6: Credibility and Quality of Research Findings

3.6.1    Reliability

3.6.2    Validity 

3.6.3    Quality

3.7: Summary

Chapter 4- Results and Discussion

Subsections to be determined by topic

Chapter 5 – Conclusion

5.1: Contributions of the Research

5.2: Implications of the Research

  1. 5.2.1    Implications for Theory
  2. 5.2.2    Implications for xxx
  3. 5.2.3    Implications for Future Research

5.3: Limitations of Study

5.4: Final Conclusion 


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