Writing the Final Version of a Thesis

When writing the final version of a thesis there are specific and crosscutting issues that the writer should always be aware of. When writing the final version, the writer will have passed through the stages where they choose a topic, choose a research question, conduct the research and write a draft. In this stage, the writer does the final draft that they will hand in to the examining authority. The writer should keep in mind the following when writing the final version.

  • They should write using the right format. There is a general format for writing a thesis but there might be variations according to the topic or the preference either the writer or the supervisor. It is the assumption at this stage that the writer has already determined the format they will use.
  • Most theses will have a title page that should contain all the relevant information. The supervisor should not be asking basic questions before they even start reading through the actual text.
  • The abstract should be a brief description of what is in the paper. It should not be too long and typically should not have citations. It explains what is in the paper, the methods used in the research, the major results and the major implications of the research project.
  • It is recommended that the paper introduction be written after writing the body of the paper and not before. It is only after the writer knows what is in the paper that the writer can write a truly potent introduction. The introduction should contain the background information to the research. It is a roadmap through the work that tells the reader what to expect.
  • The next stage is the methods section that should contain information that guides the reader through the actual research. It should be clear enough that another researcher can replicate it and other readers can gauge the believability. It should also reveal the calculations done outline how valid the results are and explain the limitations in the study.
  • The discussion section then ties the results with the thesis question and the objectives outlined in the beginning of the paper. It is a justification why the research answers the question posed.
  • The conclusion lists the strongest result from the research project and the thesis. It should be memorable and refer to the problem, taking care not to be too repetitive.
  • Other important factors to consider are recommendations, acknowledgements, references and the appendices section.