Experimental thesis: what is it? How to proceed?

After having devoted ourselves to the compilation thesis, it is the turn of the experimental thesis. The substantial difference between the two is that, in addition to the analysis of the reference literature, it provides an experimental part.

The objective of the experimental thesis, or research, is to formulate a hypothesis and validate it – or refute it. To do this you will have to rely on personally collected experiments or empirical data. Usually this type of degree thesis is chosen in scientific, economic or social science faculties.

Experimental thesis: how to proceed?

ONE. Choose a topic that interests you. Anything you want to do is automatically more difficult … And make sure others haven’t had your same brilliant idea (before you).

TWO. Agree an action plan with the rapporteur. The research work is long and demanding: no one would like to do it all over again.

THREE. Formulate a hypothesis that can be realistically verified. (Ie without needing to participate in a Mars mission).

FOUR. Check your hypothesis with an experiment, a qualitative or quantitative survey. (This depends a lot on the course of studies that you have faced). If you need to interview a very large sample of people, or analyze a large amount of data, DO NOT UNDERTAKE THE TIMES! For example, transcription, classification or statistical analysis takes millennia …

FIVE. Now that you’ve gathered everything you need, you can start writing. Usually we proceed by first contextualizing our hypothesis, citing studies and research that led you to formulate it. (This is the compilation part of the experimental thesis.) They follow the hypothesis and explanation of the experiment.

SIX. Now describe what emerges from the data collected and conclude by confirming or refuting your initial hypothesis on the basis of these.

SEVEN. Remember to mention all the sources of everything that was not born from your little brain … plagiarism is bad stuff!

EIGHT. Sum up: write the conclusions.

NINE. Also write the introduction, or retouch it if you had it written at the beginning of the work. A good introduction should intrigue the reader, explain the objectives of your thesis and briefly summarize what you will read. For this it is necessary to return to the end … The thesis is in continuous evolution (at least until the time of printing). As a result you may have changed your ideas, intent or initial structure as you walk.

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