The Abstract is an important element of the thesis, and will become a document in its own right if the thesis is registered within any database.
The examiners will therefore assess your Abstract both as part of your thesis, and as a potentially independent document.
Before embarking on any substantial writing for your dissertation you will need to check the exact requirements regarding: There are some conventions that guide the structuring of dissertations in different disciplines.
You should check departmental and course regulations. The title itself is an important opportunity to tell the potential reader what your research is about.
“I know I’m good at writing so I can leave it to later”.
“I want to get everything sorted out in my mind before I start writing or I’ll just end up wasting my time re-writing”.Any imbalance in space devoted to different sections of content will become apparent.This is a useful check on whether amalgamation of sections, or creation of further sections or sub-sections is needed.It can be best to write the Abstract last, once you are sure what exactly you are summarising.Alternatively it can be useful to write the abstract earlier on, as an aid to identifying the crucial main thread of your research, its purpose, and its findings, which could then guide the structure of the dissertation.Attending to the very restrictive word / space limit, while at the same including all the relevant material is quite a challenge.It might be useful to look at how others have managed.You may also find the following Study Guides helpful: “The research is going well, so the writing should be straightforward - I can leave it until later”.“I know I’m not good at writing so I keep putting it off”.You will need to check which style of reporting is preferred in your field.For example a scientific dissertation would probably have very clear separation between the results and the discussion of those results; whereas a social science dissertation might have an overall chapter called Findings, bringing the results and their discussion together.