Writing Dissertations

Which sections go into a dissertation

Main body - literature survey

May also be called: Literature review

This section describes the existing and established theory and research in your report area. You are providing a context for your work.

This section can be used to show where you are filling a perceived gap in the existing theory or knowledge, or you are proposing something that goes against or is controversial to existing ideas.

You must accurately reference all sources mentioned here and give a full citation in the Reference List.

Writing approach: Descriptive.

In every type of dissertation? Not necessarily. Sometimes the literature survey can be embedded in the main body of your writing. This will depend on the prefences of your department or tutor. Make sure you check whether to include this seperately or not.

Position: After the introduction and before the methodology.

Next we cover Methodology.