How to deal with a wrong dissertation hypothesis

As your thesis goes on, you may have done your research and composing your research analysis? But if you are frustrated that probably your research results fail to compliance your thesis hypothesis and worried this will affect the marking of your thesis, you may find the below tips useful.


Dissertation Thesis Hypothesis – An Integral Part of a Research Project

By Cheryl Cooper

The backbone of a perfectly written dissertation is the dissertation hypothesis. If your hypothesis is strong, powerful and supportive throughout the research project then there is no way that your thesis will be rejected by your supervisor.

There are several points that you should keep in mind while writing the dissertation thesis hypothesis of a research project out of which I have compiled a few important ones. You should have a look on them as well.

1- Hypothesis is a short but a complete glimpse of the dissertation theme. You must make sure that you are only focusing on the central idea of the research project. Pick out the main slot and make a fine claim that you are going to work in your research project. The short sentence should be as short as possible but never neglect its importance in any ways since the whole research project will base on this little sentence.

2- When you are working on the proposal for dissertation thesis, you might change your view points about the subject which may also force you to change the hypothesis as well. So it is better that you should write your statement in the end on the thesis when you have the whole picture in your head.

3- This little statement is a claim that you are going to prove or disapprove base on the concrete research in your thesis. Therefore, never be disappointed if your statement or claim goes wrong. It is just a test that you are going to perform and it’s not necessary if it goes right or wrong. The thing that matters is the research that you have conducted throughout the research project.

4-Never confuse a dissertation hypothesis with the research question since they both are totally different statements. One is a question and another is a claim, so once you have a theme to work on. Just open your guideline that your supervisor gave, find in what form the problem statement has to be given and according to it, make a research question or hypothesis out of it.

5- Never work on any idea that has been worked on before. Try to be more unique and exclusive in searching for a topic and problem statement. The more unique you are in your approach, the more will be the good results.


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A “What, Why, and How” Framework for Crafting Research

A “What, Why, and How” Framework for Crafting Research


Hi guys, below are some simple questions you can ask yourself to get started when you do not have a clear idea about what to do with your thesis. I tried this when I did my M.A. dissertation, and I found it useful.

You can start with the WHAT questions to get your research questions (which are the basis for the subsequent parts of your thesis) and make decisions about what to investigate.When you find the topics that you are interested to conduct your research, ask the WHY questions to makes sure it’s not just a personal interest and it will make some academic contribution. The HOW questions will give you an idea for the literature review and research methodology sections in your thesis.

I do hope you are all keeping well and all the best to your thesis!!!



  • What puzzles/intrigues me?
  • What do I want to know more about/understand better?
  • What are my key research questions?
  • What has not been focused on in previous researches?


  • Why will this be of enough interest to others to be published as a thesis, book, paper, and guide to practitioners or policy makers?
  • Can the research be justified as a “contribution to knowledge”? (Can the research make a contribution in this area?)

How (conceptually)?

  • What models, concepts and theories can I draw on/develop to answer my research questions?
  • How can these be brought together into a basic conceptual framework to guide my investigation?

How (practically)?

  • What investigative styles and techniques shall I use to apply my conceptual framework (both to gather material and analyse it)?
  • How can I make the research different from the previous?
  • How shall I gain and maintain access to information sources?







Source: Watson T. “Managing, crafting and researching: words, skill and imagination in shaping management research” British Journal of Management Vol.5, Special issue, June 1994. P80

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DCU Thesis requirement – Postgraduate

DCU Thesis requirement – Postgraduate


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As per ACADEMIC REGULATIONS FOR POSTGRADUATE DEGREES BY RESEARCH AND THESIS (click link to see full DCU binding regulations) which published and approved by Academic Council on 11th June 2014

Thesis Hardbound requirements are as below:

All DCU postgraduate thesis shall be bound within boards of sufficient rigidity to support the work when it is standing upon a shelf. The colour of the boards shall be University blue.

Have the following information on the front (board) cover:

  • the title of the thesis in at least 24pt (8 mm) type;
  • the initials and name of the candidate;
  • the award for which the thesis is submitted e.g. MA, MBS, LLM, MSc, MEng, MPhil, EdD, DPsych, DBA, DMusPerf, PhD; and
  • the year of submission, i.e. the calendar year in which the Faculty Awards

The subject area must not be stated; the reference should be to, for example, ‘PhD’, not ‘PhD in xxxx’.

The same information (excluding the title of the thesis) shall be printed in the same order in at least 24 pt (8 mm) type along the spine of the cover in such a way as to be easily legible when the thesis is lying flat with its front cover uppermost. All lettering on the cover and the spine shall be gold in colour and clear of any graphic design.

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Irish Postgraduate Statistics – academic year 2014

Irish Postgraduate Statistics – academic year 2014

Recently, the Higher Education Authority has released a research of the postgraduate enrollment trend in Ireland, here are some interesting findings:
1. In the academic year 2014, there are 21,566 students enrolled in Full-time postgraduate programmes.
2. There are more female postgraduates than male postgraduates with a 53% vs. 47%.
3. Taught Master Students is the majority of Irish postgraduate students; with more than 10k are enrolled in the academic year 2014.
4. 28% of the postgraduate students are taking programmes in Social science, business and law, which makes these programmes the most popular in Ireland.

post enrolment

by gender


postgraduate by age