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Update: I wanted to thank those who chimed in and offered me kind and sincere advice.Thank you for taking time to help me, a stranger, with my life's problems.
In Australia the thesis is an extended written piece which reports on the results of a three to four year programme of research (in other countries the writing component is called a 'dissertation').
The thesis should incorporate a summary of the research undertaken during the program.
Exacerbating my lack of motivation is that I am skeptical that this degree will lead to employment (if I would want it in this field of study anyway): as I haven't been interested in my subject I haven't made the connections and done all of the networking I think is necessary to get a job with this degree, so I feel it is pretty useless to finish because I will likely have to reinvent myself after I am finished anyway.
But leaving without a degree seems wrong somehow, given all this wasted effort (aren't we all subject to the sunk cost fallacy? Any ideas on how to find the final burst of energy to finally finish?
I should add, I have already written 3 chapters and am about half through the fourth.
I only need to finish the fourth, revise the 3 earlier and then write an intro and a conclusion.
It's good to know the regulations, processes and requirements around thesis submission and examination.
Check out the information on finishing your degree for some inspiration!
The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offer individual appointments to discuss thesis drafts and other issues such as managing your project.
Their site also has a range of resources about writing a thesis to support you during your programme.