When it comes to dissertation/ thesis writing, it is advisable to have a plan on how you will do everything so that you do not get overwhelmed as the deadline approaches. An outline of how you plan to proceed goes a long way in ensuring that you have a good thesis. Always follow this outline:


This section should summarise what your topic is about. It should give a background of the problem and even a hypothesis/ research question. Basically, it guides the direction that your study will take. It also has definitions of some of the terms that you plan to use. An introduction also lays bare your assumptions and what you expect the final results to be.

Literature Review

As the name suggests, this section goes into some of the literary works that can be used to support or dispute your study. You also give a review of your research process and some of the things that you acknowledge from other writers/scholars.


This is a breakdown of how you intend to do your research. It lists the process of collecting data, the sample questions you will have, the participants of your study, focus group discussions and the process of analysing the data. The methodology should state whether you are doing qualitative or quantitative analysis.

Finding and Conclusions

This is one of the crucial parts of a study because it shows what you found during the research. It answers all the questions you might have had before you embarked on the research. The conclusion gives recommendations that can help the community and guide future research.


This is a list of all the books and articles you read. You should use the citation style that has been listed by the institution you are writing for. Write down all the sources you used.