Effective writing guide: How to create a PhD thesis


The purpose of this article is to give you a general understanding of the outline, arrangement and shape of a thesis. A good approach when starting is to understand the writing sequence of this assignment which can be used for dissertation writing as well. The writing sequence will assist you to plan your thesis, divide your writing into specific building blocks, and repeat these building blocks so as to complete a high quality thesis in a timely manner.


Establish an achievable goal

Depending on the time you have, set yourself a word count goal. You may be able to handle 500 words a day, or 2000 words an hour. While you write, maintain your motivation at all times. You must find time to write while you are on the go. As technology stands now, writing can be done on the bus, in the park or on the train. Every bit of writing helps and will add up in the long run, so don’t underestimate the little bursts of effort you put in.


Thesis deadline

Establish a final deadline to finish your thesis. Your college or university may give you a deadline, but you can establish your own a few weeks prior to the actual deadline to ensure more time for editing and proofreading. You will not want to be making corrections during the last few days before your thesis is due.


Taking a break

A huge amount of writing can be tiresome. Take a break and allow information that you’ve read and written to marinade in your head. While doing this, you may be able to formulate other concepts concerning the subject.


The actual writing

Research: You can carry out research on existing theses in your subject area. Study their theories and methods and focus your ideas appropriately. Design a timetable to conduct detailed and thorough research on your subject.

Hypothesis: Researching hypotheses directs the process and nature of the research. This may include reading the work of others or forming an opinion you already hold. Create a survey and a questionnaire to test hypotheses you’ve made and make sure they strengthen your case.

Structure: Organization makes the thesis easy to understand for your reader. Structure shows the purpose of your thesis, your findings, thesis objectives, recommendations, and your knowledge of the subject.

Conclusion: Your conclusion should be a brief overview of the argument in the thesis and its main results. Don’t confuse conclusions with recommendations—separate them.