8. Write report

Writing a thesis is probably the biggest and most complex writing task you will ever undertake, and the first time that you are expected to tackle something of this size and complexity is probably going to be the hardest. That being said, chances are that you have probably already written parts of your thesis already, and that now it's a matter of combining and expanding these sections to tell your overall research story.

You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writing your thesis

Your thesis is your final written piece documenting your entire research journey. It is often helpful to see it as a story. One way to conceptualise it is to use the following framework:

  • Once upon a time, researchers were interested in looking at (research topic)... and they wondered why there was such a big problem with X... or there was a lot of confusion about Y... (introduction and literature review).
  • So they decided to specifically look at (research question and aims).
  • Because they thought that there was a relationship between X and Y (hypotheses).
  • So what they did was they ran an experiment (methods).
  • And they discovered that... (results).
  • Which meant that we changed the way we (findings and implications).

So whatever type of thesis you are preparing, it needs to be logically and carefully structured so that the reader can follow your story in an organised and sequential manner. You will be writing parts of your thesis from the time that you choose your project topic and write your literature review, but now is the time that you bring it all together to create your masterpiece!