Five Tips For Writing Your PhD Thesis
Feb 14, 2022

 Phd Student writing thesis

The time to sum up all the years you spent working in the lab on your Ph.D. project into a thesis has come. The road to getting a Ph.D. is not easy. It requires many years of research and determination. We hope the below five tips will help you while you write your Ph.D. thesis.

Most people love to write, while some struggle to find traction. So if you need some tips to begin writing your thesis, you've come to the right place.


1. Plan

Beginning your thesis would be the most challenging part. Going ahead without a plan would make it harder. Plan your thesis with the assistance of your supervisor. Outline how you expect the thesis to look once it is finalized. This outline should include the chapters or, in general, a structure. Remember plans change, but this initial draft will prevent procrastination and help you take steps in the correct direction.


2. Create timelines

There will be times you take ages to write a specific chapter of your thesis. Creating timelines ensures you are always on track regarding completion, ticking off the task, and proceeding to the next. This timeline will also keep you motivated, helping you avoid spending sleepless nights/weeks before the submission dates.


3. References and sources

The process of writing your thesis will involve you referring to numerous books, journals and scientific sources and taking notes while reading will save you time when you cite these sources in your Ph.D. thesis. Mentioning references and citations is essential and can cause problems for the Ph.D. thesis if not followed.


4. Grammar and spellings

The content of your thesis is crucial and usually the main focus of your Ph.D. Ignoring grammar and spelling is not an option. Silly grammatical and spelling errors can modify the meaning or even turn off the reader. Thus grammatical errors should be avoided at all costs, and you should spend time proofreading your thesis by reading it multiple times. If necessary, read it aloud. Reading aloud can help you detect errors in punctuation and ensure the content is readable as you intended it to be.


5. Take a break

Reading, writing and rewriting is an exhausting process. Ph.D. students usually tend to overlook their health. This causes Ph.D. students to be one of the most vulnerable to mental health issues. Taking time off from extended writing or reading sessions will help you cool off and concentrate on your health and well-being. Taking a break will also help you refresh and perform better.


Writing a Ph.D. thesis is exhaustive and, at times, sounds overwhelming. But, in reality, this shouldn't be the case. We hope these five tips help you to stay afloat through the process.


Each year EDAMBA awards prize to successful thesis in Business Administration and Management. This year's finalists will be announced by mid-June 2022. The EDAMBA doctoral thesis competition is a platform for candidates to showcase their ability and demonstrate the relevance of their research to peers from their specific research streams and scholars who work in the same departments.


All details are available online on EDAMBA'S website. Visit the website or call us at +32 (0)2-226-66-61 for more detailed information.

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