But tutors expect this, and you do not need to be a born writer to write a good dissertation.
Its structure is fairly rigid and largely decided for you.
A dissertation is usually about 15,000 words – about six times the length of this article – while a thesis is around 80,000 words, which is similar in length to an average novel.
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to tackle such a large volume of work all in one go, so you divide it into manageable chunks.
A dissertation has a similar but often less formal structure.
For example it might have sections rather than chapters, and few or no appendices.
’ Various things will affect your answer, but don’t let the D-word put you off: with a bit of forward planning it will be no harder than other forms of study, and the end result can be very satisfying.
A dissertation is a student’s description of their identification of a problem, their search for its solution and their conclusions.
Rather than limit you, it’s designed to free you and even guide you into the correct academic thinking for research.
A thesis probably needs a title page, abstract, contents page, acknowledgements, introduction, several chapters, conclusion, appendices and bibliography.