The conclusion is the final part of your thesis or graduation research (such as your portfolio/professional product). In the conclusion, you summarize your research and answer the research questions that were central to your thesis. A conclusion is usually descriptive and observational. The explanation and interpretation of the results of your research is addressed in the discussion.
Writing your conclusion
It is not intended in your conclusion to raise new issues that you have not addressed in your thesis! The conclusion of your thesis is a descriptive summary of your research: there is no room for new information.
Start your conclusion by repeating the main question;
Then focus on the results of your research and draw relevant conclusions from them (compare the results from theory and practice, being critical and contemplative);
Make sure you always objectively interpret your results (try not to subjectively interpret by giving your own interpretations);
Outline the answer to any subquestions (subconclusions);
Finally, answer the main question of your research
Make a good and continuous story in which you give a closing conclusion of your research and answer your research question. Do not literally write down the question and answer! Keep it descriptive: the conclusion is not the place to explain and interpret.
What are tips for writing a good conclusion for your thesis?
- Save writing your conclusion until the end. Then you have a good overview of your entire research and its results. In your conclusion, you normally do not write new results or limitations, which you save for the discussion.
- Make sure the conclusion of your thesis is a good flowing story with a clear line. It is not intended to be a summary in the form of a list of separate points.
- Also, make sure you use the correct verb tenses for your conclusion. The present continuous tense (I read, I work) is used for facts and findings that you bring forward. For example: “Notary office Y must adjust its model act. The current act no longer meets the new requirements.”
- You use the present perfect tense (I have read, I have worked) to refer to your research and its results. For example: “This research looked at the model act of notary office Y. It was found that the model act no longer meets the new requirements.”
What are some example sentences you can use for the conclusion of your thesis research?
First of all, it can be concluded from the results of this research that ….
In this research, the following research question was investigated: …. It has been shown from the results that ….
The goal of this research was to …. The results show that ….
Apart from this, the results do show that ….
Finally, it appears that ….
The effect of …. on …. is therefore (partly) caused by ….
The results do/ do not correspond with ….
Next steps: discussion and recommendations
After the conclusion of your thesis, you will move on to the following sections: the discussion and recommendations.
In the recommendations, finally, you provide suggestions on how the problem could be solved or approached. You can also make recommendations for further research.
Incorporate the last three sections (thesis conclusion, discussion, and recommendations) in one final chapter or split it into different chapters. Also consult the potential thesis guidelines of your educational institution. It may be that specific guidelines are given for these sections of the thesis.
If you would like to see an example of a conclusion to gain more inspiration, visit our page with thesis and dissertation examples, where you can see how other students have written their conclusions.
With the above tips, you can start writing a beautiful conclusion for your thesis or graduation research. Topscriptie wishes you much success in writing your conclusion and finishing your studies!
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