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Master’s dissertation: 101

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Oorja Kohli | Postgraduate Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management Contact Oorja
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The dissertation is the most important module of my master’s degree like most people. It not only has a lot of weightage towards the final grade but will also help shape your career eventually. The type of dissertation one does, gives them an idea about what their area of interest is and that helps many people narrow down potential career options like pursuing a PhD, working for an industry or going into teaching. Here are a few things I have learnt during writing my research-based dissertation which I feel are important for everyone to know before they start.

  • Start researching early

I feel it is important to start your research early on to get ahead of the game. This will help you narrow down your research question, explore what intrigues you best and give plenty of time for making changes to the final research question that your dissertation aims to answer. The research part of the dissertation is obviously the most cumbersome and starting early on avoids last minute bottle neck situations. Researching well before time will also help with finding the best sources of information that work for your dissertation and are reliable.

  • Structure is everything

This one might seem obvious but structuring the dissertation correctly and putting the right information under the right sub-headings is very important. It is crucial that it all comes together in the end and structuring helps with that. Having sub-heading ready for the main headings will help you with direction and how to research in depth which is imperative. This will also make it much easier to type the contents for the index later on.

  • Referencing

Correctly referencing all the information that you put in your dissertation is extremely important to avoid issues arises from plagiarism. The most commonly used method is Harvard style referencing and in-text referencing is used with a reference list at the end. There are many tools available online to help with managing the references which make things a bit easy. There are various guides available on the Moodle page for BBBM and MBBM which guide towards better referencing.

  • Stay in touch with your supervisor

The dissertation supervisor is like your guide throughout the dissertation. They will give you constructive feedback and help you with finding the right path for the dissertation. They also help with any doubts you may have through the course of the thesis. Regularly updating your supervisor with your work is a good idea so that if they feel you need to make any changes or corrections you can do those sooner than later.

  • Proofreading

The dissertation is one of the most important submissions of the master’s degree so it is important that it has been proofread multiple times to eliminate any spelling, grammatical or other errors. This document holds a lot of value towards the final grade and it should be well written, without any mistakes. Diagrams and tables should be labelled and numbered correctly and if necessary, put in a list of diagrams and tables if there are many of them.

I hope all of these things help you when you have to write your dissertation and I hope you enjoyed reading this blog.

Bye 😊

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Oorja Kohli | Postgraduate Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management Contact Oorja
I love to travel and explore, try new cuisines and…
Find out more about me Contact Oorja

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