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How to Write Your MSc Dissertation Successfully On-Time?

By Dominic Corey Published 11/28/2007 | Education

Writing an MSc dissertation is mandatory in order to obtain your degree.  Writing an MSc dissertation is not an easy task.  After all it leads you to your postgraduate degree and transfers you from a student to a scholar.  In order to complete your dissertation on time successfully, you need to have a definite plan and you must stick to it.  I am going to mention a few important points that all students should know when they start writing their dissertations in order to facilitate their writing process.

Idea Development:

Idea development is the part where students struggle a lot and you should get ready to struggle as well.  It doesnt matter whether you are writing your MSc dissertation in Human Resource Management, Computer Science, Computer Network Management, etc, you will most certainly struggle.  If you dont then you are lucky indeed.

When I say you will struggle, I dont mean to scare you.  Rather, I want to prepare you.  So, what should you do then?  You must be ready to do in-depth research.  Talk to your advisor, professors in your department, your classmates, friends who have completed their dissertations, take notes when you listen to lectures or read articles, go through the previously written dissertations in your University library, visit online libraries, online dissertation archives, local libraries and gather as much information as you can.  Remember, the more the better.

MSc Dissertation written in the first person:

You must confirm about writing your MSc dissertation in the first person.  It should be in the third person but you must check your university guidelines and confirm with your advisor.  If they tell you to avoid saying I, then you must avoid it.

Length of Your MSc Dissertation:

I must say that do not speculate when it comes to the length of your MSc dissertation because it varies from one university to another.  You might have to write 12000 words and you would be shaking thinking that you will have to write 15000 or 20000 words.  Check your university guidelines and talk to your advisor about it.  Do not start trembling if you have to write 15000 words because the format of dissertation is designed in such a way that you end up writing the desired number of words.  Of course, you will need to do thorough research, but once you have done thorough research you will be able to complete your dissertation easily.

Online MSc Dissertation Archives:

As mentioned earlier that you should also go through online dissertation archives when you do your research, here is a link where you will find some online MSc dissertations:

Go through online MSc dissertation archives to find sources for your own dissertation only.  You can search for more online dissertation archives and online libraries to acquire valuable information.

The steps mentioned in this article are vital to your success.  Now you have a plan that what steps you need to take in order to successfully write your MSc dissertation.  Remember, in-depth research is the most important part of your research and now you know where you can find valuable material for your dissertation.  When it comes to writing your MSc dissertation, do not speculate or guess.  Always check the university guidelines and talk to your advisor.  When you have a plan and you are organized, you can complete your dissertation on time successfully.

About The Author: Dominic Corey is a PhD in Clinical Psychology. He is also a member of International Coach Federation. Dr. Corey is an expert in assisting individuals overcoming problems to meet their dissertation goals. He not only focuses on helping ABDs convert into PhDs. but he also provides dissertation help to Masters Degree candidates achieve their degrees through his precise writing advice.