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What Are The Essential Components Of A Qualitative Research Dissertation?

A dissertation is one of the requirements that college or University students are supposed to write as part of their qualification for their masters or doctoral degree. Consequently, students are required to identify research topics, research on them and come up with a dissertation document.

There are basically two types of dissertations i.e. qualitative and quantitative. A qualitative dissertation has variables that cannot be quantified as in the quantitative dissertation. In that regard, the components of a qualitative dissertation are a bit different from the components in a quantitative literature dissertation.

Components of a qualitative research dissertation

Chapter one: Introduction

  • Background of the problem
  • Statement of the problem
  • Research questions
  • Scope of the study
  • Definition of terms
  • Importance of the study
  • Definitions and limitations of the study

Chapter Two

In chapter two a student is required to write a literature review. Unlike in a quantitative dissertation, a review of literature is done after the collection of data.

Chapter three: research methods

Under this, the following elements should be included

  • Qualitative methods
  • Qualitative paradigm
  • Data sources
  • Role of the researcher
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Verification
  • Ethical considerations
  • Piloting the study

Chapter four: research findings

Chapter four does not have many components like in the other chapters. Here, the student is supposed to state his/her research findings in a detailed manner. You should only give information based on the sources you used while carrying out the research.

Chapter five: conclusion and suggestions

Chapter five is the last part of a literature dissertation. It is the part that summarizes all that is in the research paper. You should therefore be as precise as possible and conclude your dissertation in a good and clear way. The following are the components to be included here.

  • Summary- Ensure your summery captures almost every detail in the dissertation. Pick a brief statement from the introduction and the body paragraphs.
  • Discussion- Under this component, you can discuss both the independent and dependent variable. It is hear that you will are supposed to take your stand and qualify or disqualify the independent variable.
  • Suggestions- This is usually the last component in any qualitative dissertation. Remember the purpose of the research was to solve the problem question. You should therefore give suggestion to solving your problem question