Conclusion (The Last Chapter)
- [Contribution to knowledge] >>For Doctorate Students Only
- Research Objectives: Summary of Findings and Conclusions
- The introduction part of your dissertation conclusion revives the reader’s memory about your research aims and objective and gives a quick run-down on the content of your concluding section.
- In the Research Objectives: Summary of Findings and Conclusions, to the subsequent questions:
- As a result of your Literature Review and empirical research (if you did both), what individual research objectives did you find out?’
- ‘What conclusions have you drawn thereby?’
For each research objective, make your findings clear to the readers and offer a view on what your research is telling you.
- Your dissertation conclusion is actually a derivative of your research findings and the recommendations are based on your dissertation conclusion. In recommendation part of your dissertation conclusion, you show two types of recommendations as;
- Recommendations linked to your conclusions
- Recommendations as suggestions for future researchThis part of dissertation conclusion begins with the comprehensive explanation of your recommendations with practical and rational ways or their implementations.
- In general, this is not mandatory for Master’s students to make a contribution to knowledge. However, if it is, you have to add a sub-section in your dissertation conclusion section entitled Contribution to Knowledge. This subsection should consider your contribution in two ways:
- Contribution as a result of your Literature Review findings and your empirical work.
- Contribution by comparing and contrasting your work/findings against the work of other researchers.
- In the Limitations, you show that your research work meets the standard in reference to the conceived practical and theoretical limitations. For example, impossibility, inability, lack of time, restrictions, etc. This is not utterly essential to make a Limitations sub-section as long as you refer to the limitations of your work in between the dissertation conclusion. What you can do is to smartly turn some of the limitations into recommendations.
- In the Self-reflection, reflect on two questions: ‘What advice would you give to other students’ and ‘If you had to do it [your dissertation] again what would you do differently, if anything?’