Thesis and dissertations presentation


A.  The Preliminaries

  • Title page
    • Abstract
    • Preface and/or acknowledgements
    • Table of contents
    • List of illustrations, tables, etc.

B.  The Text

  • Main body of the work
    • Footnotes

For many theses the text may look as follows:

  • Introduction
    • Literature review
    • Materials and methods
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Conclusion

C.  The Reference Material

  • Bibliography
    • Appendices
    • Index


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Title Page

The title page text should be laid out as follows:

  • Title of the thesis centred in the top third of the page.
    • Degree, subject and campus details centred in the middle third of the page.
    • Author’s name and date centred in the lower third of the page.

Please refer to the example below for wording


The year the thesis reached its final version, including any emendations required by the examinations process.


A short abstract (not exceeding 350 words), suitable for publication, shall be bound in each copy of the thesis submitted.

Certificate of the Supervisor

It certifies that the research was done under the guidance of the supervisor, and declared that it is not formed the part of earlier work done for degree and diploma.

Declaration of the Candidate

The candidate declare that it is her/his original work, and declared that it is not formed the part of earlier work done for degree and diploma.


It explained on what grounds the scholar has taken this particular topic for research.  



The preface may describe briefly the scope and purpose of the research. Persons or institutions acknowledged are usually only those who have contributed to the content of the thesis. The extent of their assistance should be indicated. The acknowledgements should also include a statement indicating, if relevant, that approval for the research has been obtained from the appropriate University Ethics Committee for the experiments described in the thesis.

Table of Contents

The table of contents lists all significant sections in the order they appear, and includes page numbers.

List of Illustrations, Tables

This is a listing of all illustrative material, photographs, figures and/or tables, in the order they appear, with page numbers.



Introduction of the opening section of the Thesis. It explains the objective, aim, hypothesis, sources methodology are all explained.




Footnotes are used for acknowledging quotations and sources of facts, or for elaboration of a particular point. They are usually numbered consecutively through each chapter and should be detailed at the foot of each page or at the end of the chapter in which they occur.


The Words and terms can be explained


This should include works cited in the text and footnotes, as well as those of more general significance. Consistency in style of entry is essential; see the Style & Writing Guides section, at the end of this document, and consult your supervisor.


Appendices include material which applies to the thesis as a whole or to a particular chapter, e.g. questionnaires, data sheets, etc. Their function is to keep the text uncluttered and reference to them should be made at the appropriate place in the text. If raw data on which the research is based is included, it should be part of the appendices. Where material is extensive, a CD-ROM may be used.


This is a detailed alphabetical listing of the subjects, people, places, etc. referred to in the thesis. An index is optional, but can greatly enhance ease of use.