Archived Material (Dissertations)

This book takes you through all the elements needed for a successful dissertation proposal and dissertation. The book explains the sections required for both proposal and dissertation, and offers helpful downloadable templates to assist with the presentation.

Step 2: What sections go into a dissertation?

Abstract


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The Abstract is a summarised version of your complete paper. A reader could get the main ideas from just the abstract, or use the abstract to decide whether to read the rest of the paper. Every dissertation/thesis does have an Abstract although it may be called a 'summary'.

Remember to:

  • Briefly outline what your paper aims to do
  • Briefly outline the results and the conclusions you have reached.

Abstract

Figure 4: Example abstract page (from Solent Electronic Archive).

Remember:

The abstract will always come at the beginning of your paper, before the contents page.