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Writing a doctoral thesis—the culmination of years of research work—can be a daunting endeavor.
Altogether, my dissertation was approximately 150 pages.
The actual writing took 2 months—the time I had before the final submission deadline. D., theses are commonly structured as an introduction, four chapters of original research work, and a summarizing discussion.
I had a hard time keeping the chapters short enough for manuscript submissions, so at the time of defense my thesis—which consisted of three chapters plus an overall abstract for introduction—was 125 pages, but it ended up being trimmed after that.
I focused on producing several manuscript-ready chapters rather than trying to include all the research work that I did.
Altogether my thesis was 135 pages, which is quite average for a Ph. thesis at my institution, and it took me approximately 150 working hours over a couple of months.
My thesis had to be written in publishable chapters.
Luckily, my department allows students to use published papers as dissertation chapters and I had published regularly during my Ph.
D., so all I really needed to write was my introduction.