Lesson 1: Structure your thesis

Writing a thesis requires that you follow certain academic conventions.
There is no clear definition of exactly what constitutes a thesis and how the elements are structured. Different fields follow different conventions and traditions as do individual supervisors. However, there is a certain agreement that a thesis contains distinct sections, each serving separate functions. The most common sections and their sequence are outlined below:

  • Title page
  • Abstract
  • Foreword
  • Abbreviations
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • Perspectives
  • References
  • Appendices

Learn more about each section in the following.

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