Hi all, sorry for the boring post, I did have a search through previous posts but couldn't find much.
I was just wondering how long your chapters are? I'm working on the first draft of my meth chapter at the mo and it's 10k, I've still got a bit more to write though. The first draft of my lit review is around 25k (very waffly though).
So how long are your intro/lit review/meth/findings chapters/discussion/conclusion?
I know it varies widely, but any info would be much appreciated!
I'm aiming for:
Historic background/key concepts 7000
lit review 1 12000
lit review 2 12000
results & discussion totaling 17000 not sure yet how this splits
Though the chapters I've drafted so far are all running long so this is probably more an indicator of the proportions I'm aiming at than absolute lengths. Thank you for posting this question - on adding up my words to answer I realised that I have more leeway than I thought having excised two irrelevant chapters and not adjusted the word counts accordingly :-)
Mog, Patrick Dunleavy's well-regarded book ''Authoring a PhD'' also suggestd 8 X 10k, or at least very similar lengths.
Obviously this may not suit any given thesis, but I think I'm going to aim for that also. I'm only a first year though, so we shall see!
I'm in education too - but have been told that the lengths can vary! If you know that your supervisor has an idea about who will examine this then they may tailor the lengths as necessary, bearing in mind what the examiner likes - mine says she likes to keep them all to around 6000 or so so that each chapter can be read easily in one sitting, which I supose makes a bit of sense -but does depend on the number of chapters you have.
My introduction, methods and general discussion were all around 6-7000 each. The other chapters were all around 10000, these each had some intro, methods, results, discussion in them. I had 8 chapters in total, which meant overall the thesis was 70000.
I am hoping for:
introductory chapter 1: 3.000
chapter 2, 3, 4 (general lit. review): 30.000 (10.000 per chapter with variations depending on content)
chapter 5 (focus country lit. review): 15.000
chapter 6 methodology: 5.000
chapter 7 findings: 10.000
chapter 8, 9 discussion + recommendations: 20.000
chapter 10 for something I want to propose: 10.000
approximately 96.000 + some thousands for footnotes + abstract = about 100.000 (highly optimistic scenario though, as I'll probably reach 150.000 and will not know how to cut them down then)
I hope it helps :)
I've read some of the other posts with trepidation - my methodology chapter is currently sitting at 16,000 words so I'm guessing I should probably split it into two sections based on what has been said below!
My chapter structure is roughly as below:
Chapters 1 and 2 - both literature review and contextual: 12,000 words each (similar to you)
Methodology - 16,000 (!)
Chapters 4 and 5 - both analysis chapters: 13,000 words each (I am a bit superstitious though so I might have to do something about this!)
Conclusion and recommendations: 12,500 words
All subject to change of course once the draft is in!
I'm in social sciences.
I have 8 chapters (3.5 written and 2 started...)
My plan is:
Literature review 1: 8000
Literature review 2: 8000
Analysis 1: 13500
Analysis 2: 13500
Analysis 3: 13500
My uni's guidelines are for up to 80000 words....
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