A Quick Guide to Dissertation Evaluation: 7 Main Aspects

A Ph.D. candidate usually needs to write a dissertation talking about the research that they conducted. Usually, this paper needs to be defended by a committee to determine whether the candidate passed or failed. Following the criteria below will help in making sure that a lot of corrections are not needed for the paper. These are the main criteria that dissertations are evaluated on.

  1. Presentation and Clarity
  2. Here the evaluation committee will be looking to see if your dissertation is clear to read. In other words, is the way you presented your text confusing? This pertains to tables and charts as well as the placement of headings (ex. Methods and materials and conclusion) in the paper. The placement of references will also be checked to make sure it is accurate and written in the writing style.

  3. Coherence of Dissertation
  4. This is pretty self-explanatory. The entire dissertation should have a flow to it. Everything should make sense, and each aspect of the paper should add to the entirety of the paper.

  5. Contribution to Field of Study
  6. Does your research paper contribute to your field? That is essentially what the evaluators will be asking when looking through the dissertation. If not, then perhaps, the idea would probably not be accepted.

  7. Originality and Creativity
  8. The committee will be looking to see if the research idea is a unique one or just a copycat. This also pertains to literature reviews. In a sense, they will be looking to see how much of your work is independently and exclusively yours. Understandably, you could be working with a group of other students but the idea should still display some sort of individuality.

  9. Statement of Research Problem
  10. Does the research/experiment bring up other questions and chances for further research? Does it leave room for changes to be made that produces a different set of results that could advance the field? The committee will look into questions like these.

  11. Analysis of Data
  12. Not only will the presentation of data be looked into but also the writer’s ability to accurately analyze the data they collected will be assessed. This will be showing whether the candidate understood the reason behind the tests they used for the experiment.

  13. Discussion of Outcomes
  14. The discussion section talks about what was achieved in the results. Based on the results from the experiment or literature review, is the writer able to summarize properly their results while using literature research to back up their claim?

After writing, make sure you go back through it and edit it. Why? This makes sure that the criteria mentioned are included. Get someone else to look at it as well and ask them to check for the criteria listed. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

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