Presenting the Future Work and Conclusion of your Thesis

Future Work

  • Don’t view this necessarily as a list of the limitations of your thesis
  • Think of what you would do if you had an extra year in your Ph.D.
  • Don’t worry – this is not for your advisor to hold your feet to the fire
  • Think of 2-3 other follow-on Ph.D. dissertations that you can envision


  • Be reflective and honest
  • What were the lessons learned?
  • What were the overall insights?
  • Did you solve the problem completely? How much progress have we made in your field because of your work
  • Don’t bore the reader with a cut-and-paste of your Introduction chapter

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