MPhil/PhD Thesis Guidelines The preparation of aMPhil/PhD thesis is a systematic process that starts in the first year and finishes with the defense of the final thesis at a Viva-voce examination. To get the satisfactory results it is important to work consistently, gradually developing the idea by reading and analyzing the literature, developing methodology for the empirical research, data collection,analysis of data and preparing the final report. The work on the thesis must be started in the first year. Students should choose the topic and analyze the literature, which should be expanded and exacerbated on during the course of thesis writing. Students have also to make a series of presentations organized by FGS.
MPhil/PhD Thesis Structure Thesis components
Thesis structure requirements
Thesis Title, name of the candidate, Month and year of submission, and Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.
FGS copy write page
Copy write statement, ISBN numbers and information on supervisors, panel etc Acknowledgement statement.
Acknowledgement Abstract Contents
Presenting the research problem, objectives, the main results, conclusion and how the thesis advances the field (max one page) List of chapter titles and sections.
Used abbreviations and their explanations should be provided.
List of tables
A list of tables should be provided with specific page numbers
List of figures
A list of figures should be provided with specified page numbers.
Chapter 1 Interdiction
Relevance of the topic and the necessity for scientific investigation Practical and theoretical value of the topic Motives for choosing a particular topic Research problem and why it is worthwhile studying Research objectives Research methodology : a brief description of methodology employed in the study Limitations of the study Structure of the thesis : A paragraph indicating the main Contribution of each chapter and how do they relate to the main body of the study
This section should have an explicit explanation for the key conceptual terms used in the thesis. It should cover accepted Theoretical foundations theories and concepts used in the literature. After presenting existing body of theory, the student has to prepare his/her own conceptual frameworkwith necessary explanations and justification. Chapter 3 This part should demonstrate student’s expertise, intellectual capabilities and ability to carry out a survey of existing body of Literature Review literature relating to the research issue under investigation. This should be mainly based on refereedJournal articles. Students are also encouraged to cite evidence form discussion papers and monographs. This section should deal with methodological aspects of the study Chapter 4 i.e. available research methods,choice of methods, rationale Methodology and Data behind the selected, selected methods, data sources, research Sources design,data collection instruments and measures to ensure validity and reliability of information, and analyticaltechniques. Chapter 5 This is the most important section of the thesis. The answers to the formulated research problem should be examined in a logical Analytical chapter manner paying attention to theoretical foundations and empirical (could be even 2 or more evidence in the literature. In this section, the methodology of the chapters) research should be described in detail including the sources of data. The information in the tables should be statistically processed (calculated ratios, dynamic indicators). Analytical text should be accompanied (but not duplicated) with pictures and graphs. Information provided in the pictures or graphs should be available in appendixes (attachments). There should be an abundance of numbers, tables and graphs in analytical section.