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Postgraduate Thesis, Dissertation, or Research Report: Different Formats and Flow From Title to Conclusion

Aceme Nyika
from: Postgraduate Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for PhD and Master's Students and their Supervisors (Author: Aceme Nyika). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2018) Pages: 69-78.


Postgraduate qualifications that have a research component are awarded after examination of a write-up that contributes partially or wholly to the respective qualifications. The final write-ups are referred to as theses, dissertations or research reports depending on the level of the postgraduate qualification. The terminology also depends on the geographical regions; for instance, European countries tend to use terminology that is different from the USA, while in Africa there seems to be different terminologies based on the colonial history of individual countries. However, there are also variations within certain countries, depending on guidelines or policies of specific academic institutions. In this article, issues that have a bearing on flow of arguments from title to conclusion of postgraduate theses, dissertations and research reports are unpacked. The main point being made is that there should be coherent flow of arguments from title of a research write-up to conclusion regardless of the format used read more ...
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