Great directions on writing a doctoral dissertation conclusion

There's a lot of work involved in doctoral dissertation writing and the last thing you need to do is fall at the last hurdle and mess up your conclusion. You won't be the first and certainly not the last to this so let's have a look at what you need to include in your conclusion to finish off in style.

  • The conclusion of your P.h.d. should:
    Combine, connect and amalgamate all the issues brought up in the discussion section while at the same reflect the objectives or thesis statement of the introduction.
    Present answers to your research
    Establish the policy and theoretical implications in regards to the area of study.
    Convince the examiner of a new perception about the thesis.
    Highlight any limitations
    Put forward areas of future research
  • Common elements to any conclusion.
    Main text and points of study should be summarized
    Presents deductions decided upon from the main body of text
    Provides your personal opinion on the given topic
    Provide a statement on the limitations of the work.
    Present the implications of future research
    Supply important facts and figures not included in the body.
  • Don't forget to add:
    Key points from relevant literature should be extracted and explained how they are justified or contradict your study.
    Do not be over modest or too negative about the limitations of your research. The main thing here is to highlight the contribution your research makes.
    A good conclusion pulls together all the aspects of your argument and refers back to the introduction and the main point.
    Don't introduce a new line of thought or information. You are looking to add to what's gone before and the quality of the overall paper. Your conclusion should be able to stand on its own and defend and justify your initial thesis. Following these guidelines will help you to avoid the pitfalls of a weak conclusion and finish off a genuinely great P.h.D dissertation paper. Good luck.