10 Steps To Crafting An Original Doctoral Dissertation


Research is a process you go through; it’s much more than an activity or a quest to find answers to questions. It’s also about formulating the questions in the first place. The dissertation writing is just as important as the original research conducted.

For a PhD level dissertation, originality is key. The topic and data you generate in your project must be original. Your work must make a contribution to your field of study that’s unique. In other words, never been done before. It must also be publishable. Either your theory or your methods must be original. For example, you could use the same theory someone else has used but your data collection and analysis must be totally unique. Here are 10 steps to guide you:

  1. Choose your topic. You will be embarking on a thorough study in an area of your main topic that you have an interest in. It must be something that is researchable. For example, if it has something to do with air quality on Mt. Everest but you can’t go there to conduct the experiments, it’s not considered researchable. You should have a great interest in it.
  2. Review your field of interest. This is essential. You can’t settle on a narrow topic and then find out it’s already been done when you’re halfway through. That would be a colossal waste of time! Don’t try to omit this step.
  3. Plan out your research and methodology. This is also known as your research strategy. Some methods may work better than others, but remember that originality is key.
  4. Collecting your data is the field work part of the process. This is where you will take measurements, record data, conduct interviews and so forth.
  5. Since your collected data must be interpreted, you must have a theory about how that will all work out. This theory should be mentioned in your literature review.
  6. Analyze the data. Sometimes software programs can be used to collate and present the data, or represent the outcome.
  7. Interpretation of the data, according to you the writer. This is your approach to what the data really means and what implications it holds.
  8. Present your findings. You must follow guidelines for any citations you use. Your own original diagrams can be included here.
  9. Discussion. This is the main body of your dissertation and comes after the findings have been presented. Discuss the results for your reader.
  10. Conclusion. There should be no lose ends at this point. You are summarizing the dissertation in basically one paragraph.