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ResMAP: Conclusions and Recommendations

Mapping the research journey for Post Graduate and Doctoral Researchers


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Conclusions and Recommendations


Your conclusion should be a snapshot of the different aspects of your dissertation and the key findings that were identified. It should consider all the objectives of the project and the findings associated. A short review of each aspect would be useful although it is important to keep this section clear and precise.

Example format:

Introduction - summarise the research, the main methods used and a discussion of their implications.

Research question and Methodology – clearly state the research question and hypothesis as stated in your first chapter. Review the methodology without repeating your methodology chapter. This needs to be to the point but should enable the reader to gain an understanding of the methodology without having to read the chapter independently.

Results summary – A general statement to identify the results followed by a paragraph that supports the evidence collected.

Discussion of results – A brief discussion of the meaning of the results, highlighting important findings and how these results relate to the overall understanding of the field of study. Any methodological problems encountered, modifications made or solutions attempted need to be discussed.

Recommendations / Conclusions / Implications – A brief explanation of what recommendations or conclusions from observed data can be made from your research and the implications and indicate what further research you feel is needed, what approach and why. In the case of hypothecation, was the hypothesis proven and, if not, what potential alternative hypotheses may need to be explored.