General Suggestions about Dissertation Writing Styles

Writing a dissertation is a single experience and there is no general agreement on what the best way to structure it is. As a postgraduate student, you’ll almost certainly decide what kind of structure suits your research project best after discussion with your supervisor as well as by reading other theses of earlier postgraduate students in your university library.

Dissertation writing style format;

  • TITLE PAGE – The opening page including all the applicable information about the dissertation.
  • ABSTRACT – A short project summary including background, methodology and result.
  • CONTENTS – A list of the chapters and figures restricted in your dissertation.
  • BACKGROUND – A description of the basis behind your project.
  • LITERATURE REVIEW – A summary of the literature supporting your project.
  • METHODOLOGY – A description of methodology used in your research.
  • DATA ANALYSIS – A description of technique used in analysing your research data.
  • DISCUSSION – Main conclusions based on the data analysis.
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY – A list of the references cited in your thesis.
  • APPENDICES – Additional materials used in your research.


These presentations explore different writing styles that research candidates may select from to skill their thesis or dissertation.

General suggestions

  • Avoid bullet point discussion unless you are informed that it is suitable for certain contexts
  • Avoid writing indirectly such as using metaphors discussion.
  • A simple concise writing style is usually the most effective way to put forward your point
  • Avoid using bold, underline and italics in your paragraphs too often

Writing style

The writing style that you use to construct your thesis is most likely determined by two factors

  1. You will get a higher mark for your dissertation if it is written in a clear and effective style
  2. So next section considers, with other things, good style for technical writing
  3. This is a general skill that, once developed, will be enormously useful in any further academic or professional work
  4. The natural way in which you prefer to write
  5. The demands imposed by other parties such as university and your examiners.

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