How To Write A Postgraduate Thesis: Tips For Dummies
Regardless of whatever discipline or major you may be studying, a common requirement of many postgraduate students is writing a thesis. And chances are very good that if you’re reading this, this may be your first time writing one. How can you effectively write a postgraduate thesis? Let’s take a look.
Consider the Point You’re Trying to Make
Most theses (and yes, that is the proper plural form) put forth an argument or main point. This should be one of the first things you should consider. What is the point of your paper? This is something you’ll need to keep in mind throughout the entire piece.
Research is Imperative
Very rarely will you ever write a thesis that requires little to no research. Most papers you write will require extensive research and this is no exception. Take careful notes and always ensure that you’re carefully citing your sources.
Format is Key
Always pay close attention to formatting and editing conventions. Consider your minimum or maximum word count. Most people opt to write theses as something akin to a book or a series of papers. Ensure you’re including everything that will needed to be included, from the introduction to your conclusion. Your professor may have gone over what he or she expects from a proper thesis. If not, there are plenty of samples online for you to review.
Multiple Drafts May Be Required
Especially if it’s your first time, multiple drafts may be required. The key part of early drafts is to make sure you’ve got a basic idea of what you’re writing about and how your paper is flowing. Get your ideas on paper. You can worry about editing and your grammar once you’ve had a chance to look your first draft over.
Submitting for Examination
This is an important step in many students’ journey. You’ll need to submit your draft for examination. Ensure you’ve temporarily bound your draft and have submitted all proper, requested documentation to your school’s Graduate Research office. This may include a PDF file of your paper, a signed declaration form, and a copy of your abstract.
A Corrections Report
Once you’ve submitted your draft for examination, you’ll receive valuable feedback that you can use for improving it. Your next step is to submit a corrects report. This will outline all changes you’ve made to your thesis. This is the last step before final approval.
The Final Countdown
And now, chances are you’ve reached the end of your journey. Submit your thesis for permanent binding. Once you’ve received final approval, you’ll be ready to go with a completed, bound copy for you to be proud of.