When you are writing a thesis, you keep various things in mind, like the topic, the research method, the language and the conclusion, but all these are worthless if you are not following a thesis format. A thesis format is very important because it gives a face to your thesis and makes it easy to understand. Like every literary work, even a thesis has to be presented to its target audience and a right format facilitates the presentation of your thesis in the right manner.
One example is the MLA thesis statement format which is popular for research in humanities. However, in this article were just going to focus on the general thesis format.
Format For Writing a Thesis
The first thing that needs attention is formatting the front matter. Front matter includes major elements like, the title page, the abstract, the table of contents, the list of figures, the list of tables and nomenclature.
The title page should be informative, containing keywords and should reveal the topic. The things to be included on this page are the title, the name of the author, the thesis supervisor, name of the place and the date. * The second element is the abstract, which briefly states the problem or the idea of the thesis, the methodology adapted, the results and finally the conclusion. It should not be more than 150 words and should be completed in maximum 10 sentences. * Then comes the table of contents; it lists the headings along with their page numbers. The number should be written in lowercase roman numerals.
Then comes the Body, which includes introduction, narrative and work analysis. The major elements are:
The introduction-This is where you state the purpose of your thesis, the problem or the idea on which the thesis is being written, any previous thesis on the same topic and the criteria to judge your conclusions.
The theory- This is the basis on which you'll base your thesis and the experiments or research.
The procedures- It involves the methods or processes, which you'll use to reach a conclusion.
The results- These are the findings of the thesis. Tools such as analytical tables or graphs should also accompany it.
The discussion- It involves a comparison of results and an analysis of their significance.
The conclusion- It is a review of the results in the light of the original problem or idea. The conclusions are then judged according to the predefined criteria.
Then comes the last part, the end matter, which is largely reference material given in detail. It includes:
* The acknowledgment to advisors, assistants, colleagues and supervisors.
* The appendix, providing all the procedures, data and calculations in details.
* The bibliography, which includes any form of literature or any other source of information.
Using this thesis format will ensure that your thesis is presentable and easily understood by your target audience.