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The results, discussion and conclusion sections of a thesis may appear as separate chapters or may be combined in different ways. Three models below show the possible combinations.

Model 1 Model 2 Model 3
Results Results and Discussion Results
Discussion Discussion and Conclusion
Conclusion Conclusion

These models are taken from Murrison, E. & Webb, C. (1991) Writing a research paper. From the series: Writing Practice for University Students

You may also have mini results, discussion and conclusion sections occurring within chapters if there is no separate results section or chapter.

Find out more about Results Sections (PDF file).


Last reviewed: 4 September, 2018

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