Research Structure

Research structure is basically an outline of the work and it is useful to provide the research structure:

The following is a sample of a research structure:

Chapter One explains the outline of the research. This chapter includes a brief explanation of the research background, and provides rationale for the selection of the research area. Moreover, the first chapter contains explanation of the research aim and objectives, and comprises structure of the research.

Chapter Two constitutes a literature review, and accordingly, contains analysis of models and theoretical frameworks that have been previously introduced to the research area. Viewpoints of other authors regarding the research area have been presented in a logical manner in this chapter. Furthermore, this chapter contains definitions of main terms and explains search strategy for the secondary data.

Chapter Three addresses methodology. The chapter explains the research process and addresses the issues of research philosophy. Moreover, methodology chapter contains explanation of research design, and the choice and implementation of data collection methods. Sampling aspect of the study and discussions of ethical considerations are also included in this chapter.

Chapter Four contains presentation of the primary data collected through questionnaires/interviews/focus groups/observation/etc. Presentation of primary data findings have been facilitated through bar charts/pie charts. Brief discussions have been included to explain each chart.

Chapter Five constitutes discussions and analyses. This chapter plays a critical role in the achievement of research aim and objectives. Findings of the literature review have been compared to primary data findings in this chapter, and in-depth discussions have been provided in relation to each individual research objective.

Chapter Six concludes the work and summarizes the level of achievement of research aim and objectives. The chapter comprises acknowledgement of limitations of the study and highlights scope for future studies in the same research area.

Please note that the structure for all dissertation chapters shown above is just general guidance, and you should exactly follow the structure provided in your Dissertation Handbook.


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