A key part of your dissertation or thesis is the methodology. This is not quite the same as ‘methods’.

The methodology describes the broad philosophical underpinning to your chosen research methods, including whether you are using qualitative or quantitative methods, or a mixture of both, and why.


Describe and present your own data, evidence or case study study, which could take less or more time than earlier sections.


This is the section that brings all of the strands of your argument together. One way to think of it is as a 3 way conversation between the literature you discussed, the methodology you adapted and the finding you have presented.

Conclusion and Recommendations

This chapter will draw together the conclusions as well as noting any recommendations for practice. you should not include new ideas at this stage – that should be dealt with in the discussion section.



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