Determination of Factors that Contribute to Postgraduate Students’ Delay in their Thesis/Dissertation Completion

Volume 2 Issue 2 (July 2020)
Nnebedum Chidi Obuegbe Adaobi Sylvia
Pages: 78-86 Download Count : 1191 View Count: 1811 DOI Number 10.17220/tuara.2020.02.3 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


Most postgraduate students in federal and state universities rarely complete their thesis/dissertation at the appropriate time. It therefore becomes necessary to determine the factors that contribute to postgraduate students’ delay in their thesis/dissertation completion in federal and state universities in south east, Nigeria. The study was guided by two research questions and two hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. Descriptive survey research design was utilized to assess 1,254 students sampled from a population of all the postgraduate students in federal and state universities, south east, Nigeria using multistage sampling procedure. Questionnaire titled ‘‘Factors that Contribute to Delay in Postgraduate Students’ Thesis/Dissertation Completion (FCDPSTDC)’’ was used for data collection. The research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation and the hypotheses were tested using t-test. The findings of the study revealed among others that supervisors and students’ related factors contribute to the delay of postgraduate students’ completion of their thesis/dissertation in federal and state universities, south east, Nigeria. Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that university management should organize mandatory yearly orientation programme for postgraduate students to equip them with research skills and also guide them on how to properly write and complete thesis/dissertation at the stipulated time


  • Factors
  • postgraduate students
  • thesis/ dissertation
  • supervisors’ factors
  • students’ factors
  • university
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