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Dissertation/Thesis Conclusion Template

You’ve reached the final stretch of your dissertation – the conclusion chapter – but you’re unsure what you need to cover and in what order. Fear not – in this free conclusion chapter template, we provide a recommended structure and explain what you need to cover in each section, step by step (along with loads of examples). 

Dissertation & thesis conclusion template

What’s Included:

This template covers all the core components required in the conclusion chapter of a typical dissertation, thesis or research project:

  • The opening/overview section
  • Summary of key findings
  • Limitations
  • Recommendations for future research
  • Contribution
  • Concluding summary

The purpose of each section is explained in plain language, followed by an overview of the key elements that you need to cover. The template also includes practical examples to help you understand exactly what’s required, along with links to additional free resources (articles, videos, etc.) to help you along your research journey.

The cleanly-formatted Word document is fully editable, so you can use it as-is for your dissertation or thesis, copy over the contents to a fresh document, or convert it to LaTeX.

PS – if you’d like a high-level template for the entire thesis, you can grab that here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What format is the template (DOC, PDF, PPT, etc.)?

The conclusion chapter template is provided in a fully editable MS Word document (.DOCX format). Of course, you’re welcome to convert it to whatever format works best for you, including LaTeX or PDF. Feel free to adapt the template to suit your specific needs, especially any specific requirements required by your university.

What types of dissertations/theses can this be used for?

The conclusion chapter template follows the standard format for academic research projects, which means it will be suitable for the majority of dissertations, theses and research projects (especially those within the sciences).

Keep in mind that the exact requirements for the conclusion chapter/section will vary between universities and degree programs. For example, your university may require that the discussion chapter and conclusion chapter are merged into one (this is common for shorter projects). So, be sure to double-check your university’s requirements before you finalize your structure.

Is this template for an undergrad, Master or PhD-level thesis?

This template can be used for a dissertation, thesis or research project at any level of study. Doctoral-level projects typically require the a lengthier, more comprehensive conclusion, but the structure will typically remain the same. Again, be sure to check your university’s requirements and norms in terms of document structure.

How long should the conclusion chapter be?

This can vary a fair deal, depending on the level of study (undergrad, Master or Doctoral), the field of research, as well as your university’s specific requirements. Therefore, it’s best to check with your university or review past dissertations from your program to get an accurate estimate.

Can I share this template with my friends/colleagues? 

Yes, you’re welcome to share this template in its original format (no editing allowed). If you want to post about it on your blog or social media, please reference this page as your source.

Do you have templates for the other chapters?

Yes, we do. We are constantly developing our collection of free resources to help students complete their dissertations and theses. You can view all of our template resources here.

Can Grad Coach help me with my dissertation’s conclusion?

Yes, we can provide coaching-based assistance with your discussion chapter (or any other chapter). If you’re interested, get in touch to discuss our private coaching services.

Psst… there’s more (for free)

This post is part of our research writing mini-course, which covers everything you need to get started with your dissertation, thesis or research project.

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