Be sure to return to your research question and ensure you have defined it concisely and succinctly.
A good opening is often, “This dissertation study tested…”, “This dissertation study investigated…”, “This dissertation study examines…”.
We suggest you consult your university library in the first instance and have a conversation with your dissertation tutor; this will definitely set you on the correct path.
There are key points of interest you need to include in your abstract. What were you examining or investigating in the dissertation project.
Some students write a disjointed abstract which leads to low interest shown towards the dissertation, it is advisable that you engage the reader from the outset.
Be mindful that a dissertation abstract is not an introduction its primary purpose is to summarise not introduce, many students lose sight of this.
As previously mentioned, dissertation abstracts differ depending on institution, location and level of study.
A typical undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation abstract written at a UK university will be approximately 350 words in length.
It is important to note that the abstract will help a reader decide whether to read the whole dissertation or thesis in detail, or skip to the key findings.
It is important to write an engaging and meaningful abstract so that you can inspire interest in your dissertation.