Conclusions are an important opportunity for you to draw together your key findings and tell readers what you think it all means. How you approach writing conclusions and how much space in the thesis you devote to conclusions is shaped by disciplinary practice and the type of thesis you are producing. Your conclusion may be fairly short and straightforward, as much discussion of findings has taken place in the individual chapters. Or it may be long and complicated, and very demanding to write in drawing out conclusions of individual chapters and providing detailed discussion of these. One study (Bunton, 2005, p. 213) has shown that conclusions in Science/technology disciplines tend to be considerably shorter than those of humanities and social science disciplines: 4.9 pages to 17.2 pages respectively.
- Bunton, D. (2005). The structure of PhD conclusion chapters. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 4(3), 207-224. doi: doi:10.1016/j.jeap.2005.03.004