If you are starting to plan your dissertation writing then one of the questions you may be asking is “What tenses should I use for my dissertation?”. This page offers you my personal suggestions concerning dissertation tenses, these are not absolute rules but they are the result of both experience as an English teacher and academic writer combined with my own research. The important thing is that you apply them consistently across the chapters of your dissertation or thesis. I hope you find this useful. You will see that it is not as simple as one tense for each chapter but you need to consider the purpose of each sentence/ paragraph.