Phd Thesis Outline
People have different preferences in terms of writing.
Think about the approach that will work best for you.
For example here are two examples of writing preferences.
Planning writers tend to have a highly structured approach to writing and if this is your approach you may find the following tips helpful.
In an analytical summary, you should link together the readings to build a story about what has been done and what needs to be done.
This chapter should summarize the literature that is relevant to your research project, bringing out where the gaps in the literature are, and how your research helps to fill in one or more of these gaps.
I originally planned out 7 chapters, but ended up with 8, on account of needing to add another data chapter because I had two main data sets in answer to my question, and then some other data that didn’t fit in those chapters, but was still actually really important.
So it ended up being data chapter 1, and sort of took the place of the methodology chapter too, but also linked my last lit review with my first proper data chapter a lot better than they had been. My chapters ended up being thus: : Lit Review 3 – this second theory was used to actually collect the data, so it was a bit methodology like as well, but I flagged that up specifically in Chapter 5 in it’s own part – this was also the unique part of my thesis, so it was the Key Chapter : Conclusion – summary of findings, limitations of research, future research, unexpected conclusions, conclusion (this was a page long).
Time spent thinking about and planning how you will structure your thesis is time well spent.
Start to organise the material that you have already written into folders relating to each chapter.
The be-all and end-all of how to create a thesis chapter plan (no matter what department you’re part of). Wish I had had something like this to look at, all in one place. There are thousands and thousands of pages that can give you outlines of theses.