More than a month ago, at 23rd of April of 2019, I defended my MA thesis in the University of Tehran. My field of study is English literature and the full title of my thesis is:
Reconciliation of Paganism and Christianity in Beowulf:
The Role of Epic Poetry as a Reconciler of Opposing Cultural Elements
a New-Historicist Reading
The viva session went very well and from what I was told by my supervisor, I was the first person in UT’s English department to get a 20. I attribute a part of this success to the study of previously published theses that were made available to me by the library, my professor and my classmate. You can make quick progress if you analyze the shortcomings and structural mistakes of a previous thesis and identify its strengths. Also, from my experience, imitating the structure and format of an approved thesis is a lot more efficient than reading a guideline and trying to implement its instructions. It’s much more efficient to just focus on the content of your thesis, than fixing its structural mistakes, mistakes that could easily be avoided if you had just checked a previously published thesis.
So I decided to make my thesis’s final draft publicly available for anyone who is working on theirs in the field of English literature and is looking for a practical example for inspiration. This thesis, by all parameters, is a good one. The subject is original, the research is deep (by MA standards) and it is well-organized. It gives you a good idea what a good MA thesis should be like. This is not my opinion, but the opinion of the professors who judged it. The score is evident of that. If I had access to something like this before I started writing my thesis, it would make my life a lot easier and eradicate a lot of the doubts and insecurities that I had. So I hope it does the same thing for someone out there, who is currently in the situation that I was in before.