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Dissertation Research Methodology: Five Points To Consider


The dissertation is often the final barrier between a student and their diploma so, it also tends to be the hardest task they are faced with during their entire school career. The task is simple enough, students are required to select a topic, formulate a hypothesis and perform research or experimental activities in order to test their hypothesis. The process hardly varies from this course of action, what may be the most difficult part is satisfying your examiner’s expectations and these can vary from school to school.


Many students are challenged by the act of completing this research project, which is not surprising, conducting real world experimentation and research will be a new experience for most. As a result of the difficulties involved in this project, students have devised many methods of making the task easier, with many companies being formed alongside, to provide further, more in dept aid to desperate students. The following is a list of points to consider to help you decide on the dissertation research methodology that may be right for you:


  1. Your time frame
  2. Many students make this mistake and find themselves in a really sticky situation, two days before their paper is due. To avoid this, immediately chart out your the amount of work required to complete your paper and begin working on it at first notice. This will save you a lot of trouble later on.


  3. The subject of study
  4. Depending on the subject of study, you may be required to conduct experiments or investigation into published works. The nature of the study can impact the type of actions you will be required to take.


  5. Established methods in the field
  6. Different fields of education rely on different methods for their results and these can have significant impact on the credibility of your work. It is important to consider the accepted methods of investigation and employ them throughout your activities.


  7. Your hypothesis
  8. This statement must be made in such a way, it allows for practical testing of its accuracy. Be sure your hypothesis meets this requirement or will have given yourself a very hard task.


  9. Your defense
  10. The defense involves an author being put on trial for the contents of their paper and it can be very tiring if you aren’t prepared for it. With good work, you may not be required to attend a defense but preparing for it is not a bad idea.

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