So, you are about to start writing the fourth chapter of your dissertation – your methodology section. Why the methodology section of a dissertation is often called a key element?
Well, the reason is simple. The methodology section of a dissertation contains all necessary explanations about the research methods chosen to achieve the main purpose of writing a dissertation.
There are two major aspects that you will have to focus on when making the methodology section of your dissertation: data gathering and data analysis. For each of these aspects, you need to provide detailed explanations as to specific strategies and tools you have used.
You should keep in mind that depending on the subject you are writing on, the methodology section of your dissertation can be more focused either on data gathering or on data analysis.
Before you get down to making the methodology section of the dissertation, make sure you understand what data gathering and data analysis mean.
- Data gathering presupposes making interviews, observations, questionnaires, etc.
- Data analysis is about using a certain type of analysis like statistical analysis, content analysis, and others.
Do not forget that the methodology section of your dissertation should provide reasonable explanations of this or that method selected for gathering or analyzing data, e.g. Why did you decide to make an interview? How did you choose participants of your interview?
Besides, the methodology section of your dissertation should contain information about alternative research methods, reasons why you did not choose them.
In the methodology section of the dissertation, you can also mention in what other studies the same methods were used.
Do you have doubts about some other parts of a dissertation? On our blog, you will find useful tips for writing a dissertation abstract and writing dissertation introductions.