How To Write A Dissertation Methodology Section: 5 Helpful Tips


Dissertation methodologies tell your reader about your basic methods in the project. The methodology should tell the reader not only why you wanted to pursue this specific project, but how the project changed and expanded or constricted as you pursued it. It should tell how your discoveries as you researched your thesis, enabled your thesis to modify in any way. The methodology section also explains the different types of research methods you employed as you wrote the entire dissertation or thesis.

I am going to give you five helpful tips for writing this complex section of your thesis or dissertation.

  1. First, Viewing a Sample is a Great Way to Get Started
  2. There is no better way to complete this section of your project than to find a working model for your methods section. Once you view several methodology sections, you should be able to write this section of your project with ease. Viewing several will enable you to see all the aspects of this part of your larger project. I would not view just one but several—and try to get as close to the subject of your project as you can. At least, pick one that is in the same discipline, for example. If you are writing on business, there will be countless examples of business methods sections for you to view. Likewise, science based ones for all science projects and so forth.

  3. Order Thesis and Dissertations if You Need To
  4. Your university library can do wonderful things for you like order dissertations that are very close to your own chosen subject so you can use these as great models and be close to your own project.

  5. Make Sure Each Aspect is Justified
  6. Do not include anything here that is not academically justified for being there. Be prepare to be asked about this section of your project at length during your defense. It is one of the key areas your committee will focus on as any project of this level is a test of your research skills.

  7. Common Research Methodologies in this Section
  8. Common methods you can discuss here are observations, experiments, interviews, questionnaires, and documentary analysis.

  9. Librarians Can Point You Toward the Right Books
  10. One important aspect of your project is to acknowledge all the extant scholarship in your area of expertise. Ask your librarian for the right books.