Typically an abstract should not exceed one page of text, but it is essential to check departmental specifications to be sure that your abstract conforms with requirements.
Exceeding stated limitations in length is a serious failure which will indicate a lack of understanding as to the purpose of an abstract.
The dissertation abstract concisely describes the content and scope of the writing and reviews the contents in abbreviated form.
The abstract should be the last part of the dissertation that you write. The abstract is designed to give a ‘snapshot’ of your work.
It indicates whether or not it would be worthwhile to read.
Bear this purpose in mind when drafting your own abstract.
Polish the work, ‘top and tail’ it with an introduction and conclusion of about a sentence each, and the result should be an abstract that accordingly states the relevance, purpose, and focus of your work.
There are two types of dissertation abstracts typically used: These tell readers what information the dissertation contains, and include the purpose, methods, and scope of the report, article, or paper.
These communicate specific information from the dissertation, including the purpose, methods, and scope of the report, article, or paper.
They provide the dissertation results, conclusions, and recommendations.