How To Write A Dissertation Conclusion Chapter: Step-By-Step Instructions

Writing the conclusion of any piece of writing is just as important as writing any of the other sections. Many people may actually do an initial read of a dissertation by reading the abstract and the conclusion in order to get a feel for the quality of the document.

In real terms by the time you get ready to write the conclusion of your dissertation, you have probably been living with this piece of work for a long time and are eager to see the end. It is difficult at this point to be really enthusiastic and write something that is attractive and interesting.

Best to avoid:

  • Over worked phrases and clichés such as ‘in conclusion’, ‘therefore we must conclude’.
  • Lack of a logical progression of ideas.
  • Assumption that the reader will remember the main points of your work.
  • Conjecture that the reader does not need you to enlarge on any inferences.
  • Repeating or lifting sentences that you have used earlier on in the document.

What to do:

  1. During your work on the other sections, keep a note of important issues that you will need to add to your conclusion.
  2. Check the instructions that were given to you before you started your dissertation as there may be particular items in your field of study that need to be included in the section.
  3. Start with a summary of the main points of your work. Keep it simple and factual and relate to your hypothesis.
  4. State the deduction you have made based on your research and the results. Remember that you need to put as much effort into this section as you have done to the others.
  5. Give your opinion based on your experience and knowledge of the discussion section. This should not be a personal rant, but an ordered progression of response.
  6. Move on to discuss the limitations of your research and how this could be changed. Whatever the circumstances, improvements can always be highlighted.
  7. Discuss and comment on the implications for future work in this area. What are your predictions and solutions?
  8. Highlight the most important facts and figures. You don’t need to expand on all of the data you produced just the most significant.
  9. Concluding statements. You need to draw reference to some of the literature that you have explored and relate to some of the key statements.
  10. Proofread your conclusions and then read through the whole of the document, to make sure that it all flows seamlessly.
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